After confirming his absence from the ceremony of announcing the name of the best player on the African continent for the year 2019, the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah found himself amid a huge amount of criticism and public anger.
On Tuesday, the Egyptian city of Hurghada on the Red Sea coast will host the announcement ceremony of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards.
Salah is competing for the title of best player in Africa, along with his teammate in Liverpool, Senegalese Sadio Mane, and the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City player.
Media reports said that the Egyptian striker and his Algerian counterpart would not attend the ceremony, adding that Mani had earlier arrived in Hurghada in preparation for the ceremony.
Speculation indicates that Mane is close to winning the title, as he is the only present of the trio to win the title.
On the other hand, Mo Salah faced alot of anger on social media after refusing to attend the ceremony, which is taking place in his country.
A Twitter user, Khaled, wrote to Salah on his Twitter page, saying, "Sports are ethics, and attending the ceremony is necessary even if you already know that you are not winning the prize."
Another said, "You should have attended, because the ceremony is coming in your country ... your presence would have really affected."
As one of the commentators went in another direction, asking, "What if Salah has a problem with Egypt and not with Mane?"
One of the accounts specializing in sports on Twitter returned to memory, and published pictures showing Sadio Mane celebrating with both Mahrez and Salah, when they won the award earlier. "Mane' stood next to Mahrez and he also celebrated with Salah. Today, he will stand alone to receive the award!"
The absence of players from the awards parties remains a common matter when they know in advance that they did not win the title, as happened repeatedly with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is noteworthy that Salah has previously been crowned the title of best African player in the past two years, becoming the second Egyptian player to reach this achievement after Mahmoud Al-Khatib, the current Al-Ahly club president who got the title in 1983.