Concise News reports that the Pharaohs were touted by many as favourites, having won three of four previous editions as hosts, but crashed out on Saturday following a 1-0 loss to South Africa.
The painful defeat came a year on from Egypt’s unimpressive World Cup campaign — their first appearance at the competition since 1990 — in which they failed to get past the group stage after losing all of their matches.
“Very sad for our early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations. We were hoping to continue together till the end and offer the tournament for our loyal fans to whom I have to address a big thank you for the support we are used to from them,” Salah tweets late on Sunday.
“God willing we will learn from our mistakes. I wish the best for the national team in what is to come.”
حزين جدًا لخروجنا المبكر من كأس الأمم الإفريقية.. كان نفسنا نكمل المشوار سوا للآخر ونجيب البطولة لجماهيرنا الوفية، اللي لازم أشكرها شكر كبير على الدعم المعتاد منهم وإن شاء الله نتعلم من الأخطاء اللي وقعنا فيها.والتوفيق للمنتخب فيما هو قادم..
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) July 7, 2019
Coach Javier Aguirre, appointed on a four-year deal last August, was sacked in the wake of the defeat while Egyptian FA president Hani Abou Rida also announced his own resignation.
Salah had a decent season with Liverpool, winning the UEFA Champions League and finishing runners-up in the Premier League.
Egypt’s exit could give the Reds a huge advantage ahead of the new Premier League season.
Salah now seems certain to be ready for their home game against Norwich on August 9.