Mohamed Salah ‘I am NOT very impressed’, says Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar ahead of semi


Mohamed Salah ‘I am NOT very impressed…he doesn’t produce much in the game,’ says Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar, hours before he goes toe-to-toe with Liverpool’s ‘Egyptian King’ in their AFCON semi-final. final

  • Cameroon faces Egypt in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations
  • Mohamed Salah is seen as one of the best players in world football today
  • However, Vincent Aboubakar is unimpressed by Liverpool’s ‘Egyptian King’
  • The Cameroon striker says Salah “doesn’t produce much” during matches.


Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar made the risky decision to criticize Mohamed Salah just hours before facing Egypt in the semi-final of the African Cup of Nations.

The Liverpool star is considered by many to be one of the best players in the world today, following his impressive start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

The Egyptian king is just one step away from the AFCON final, where he could face his teammate Sadio Mane and Senegal.

Mohamed Salah and Egypt, one step away from the final of the African Cup of Nations

Mohamed Salah and Egypt, one step away from the final of the African Cup of Nations

Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar has questioned Salah's ability as a player

Cameroon striker Vincent Aboubakar has questioned Salah’s ability as a player

Hours before the semi-final, Cameroon striker Aboubakar insisted that Salah “doesn’t impress him”, accusing the winger of not producing much during games.

In an interview with Then24, Aboubakar, who plays for Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, said: “I’m not very impressed. I say it clearly because I’m an honest person and I have my way of seeing things.

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If I was impressed, I would say so. But I’m not very impressed.

Liverpool star Salah is seen by many as one of the best players in world football today.

Liverpool star Salah is seen by many as one of the best players in world football today.

“He’s a good player, he scores a lot but he doesn’t produce a lot of things in the game.

“Of course he is doing good things in the Premier League because he has been in a team that has been there for years. He is a good player, but not at the level of some like (Kylian) Mbappé.”

Cameroon hopes that Aboubakar’s comments do not goad Salah further ahead of tonight’s semi-final.

Aboubakar has been in electric form for Cameroon at AFCON, scoring six goals as the host nation have swept the competition to reach the semi-final.

Aboubakar (right) is AFCON's top scorer with six goals for host Cameroon

Aboubakar (right) is AFCON’s top scorer with six goals for host Cameroon

Egypt have found it more difficult to reach this stage, with a penalty shoot-out victory over Ivory Coast, followed by an extra-time victory over Morocco.

Salah was inspired for his country in the quarter-final victory, scoring the equalizer in the second half after Sofiane Boufal’s opening goal before producing a great assist for Trezeguet to score the winner in extra time.

Despite the Cameroon striker’s comments, Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer with 16 goals in 20 games.

He is also second in assists with nine, behind only teammate Trent Alexander Arnold.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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