What is the truth about Salah’s refusal to be substituted?

A lot of controversy arose on social media during the match between Egypt and Guinea Bissau in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers due to Mohamed Salah’s relationship with his coach Hossam Hassan.

In the last minutes, Mustafa Fathi appeared warming up and was supposed to go onto the field, but suddenly Hossam Hassan decided to reverse this decision.

Immediately, theories emerged about the reason for Hossam Hassan’s decision, and what was said was that the “general” wanted Salah to leave and replace Mustafa Fathi in his place, but the Liverpool star rejected the matter in form and substance.

The Egyptian Football Association’s media center immediately responded to these rumours, denying them completely.

The media center said in an official statement, “There is absolutely no truth to what is being said about Mohamed Salah’s refusal to leave. Coach Hossam Hassan was content with only Nasser Maher coming out.”

It is noteworthy that Salah was the one who scored Egypt’s goal against Guinea-Bissau in the match that ended in a positive 1-1 draw in the fourth round of the World Cup qualifiers.