FILE - In this June 25, 2018, file photo, Egypt's Mohamed Salah chases the ball during the group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. Thanks to his star power and a government keen to keep its most valuable international asset happy, Salah has won his latest tussle with Egypt’s soccer federation after his demands for better security and improved discipline for the national squad have been met. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Salah must tread carefully if he's to reform Egypt soccer

September 07, 2018 - 2:07 am

CAIRO (AP) — Soccer star Mohamed Salah has won his latest tussle with Egypt's soccer federation after his demands for better security and improved discipline at the Pharaohs' camps have been met.

That's thanks to his star power and a government keen to keep its most valuable international asset happy.

But how long will a government that's shown little tolerance for dissent put up with the Liverpool star's show of independence and quest for change?

As long as he plays brilliantly, Salah's sweeping popularity will protect him, while giving the government of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi the global good publicity it wants.

But Salah must tread carefully if he intends to be an instrument of change in Egypt.