Egypt coach urges Salah to join Pharaohs' U23 for Olympics
- Shawky Gharib would love to see Mo join his side for the competition.
- 'Salah is a source of pride for all Arabs and Egyptians'.
- However, the U23s coach fully understands that the desire will have to be mutual.
- He respects Mo's duties towards Liverpool.
- The Olympics will start on July 24.
Egypt's Under-23s coach Shawky Gharib claims he would wish Mo Salah to join his side for the 2020 summer Olympics.
According to the rules, the national teams partaking in the competition are allowed to have only three players over the age of 23 - and Salah is urged to become one of them.
"Mohamed Salah is a source of pride for all Arabs and Egyptians," Gharib told CBC channel. "He is one of the best players in the world and gives a great image to Egypt abroad.
"However, the desire [to play in Olympics] have to be common. He is a professional and, of course, he has rights and duties towards his own club.
"Definitely I would love to have him with me but the most important thing is his will to play with us.
"He was one of the most committed players with me during my tenure with the senior national team and was the top scorer."
The tournament is set to start on July 24, the final is scheduled on August 8 - as you can imagine, the Premier League season will already start by then.