Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah believes the chance to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Egypt will revive league football in the country.
Salah who was crowned the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year on the same date Egypt was named 2019 AFCON hosts, says the timing is right for the league, as well as the national team, Pharaohs.
"It's the right time for Egypt - as we have to be clear - our league is not a top league in Africa at the moment. I'm sure this is going to be the start for us to be back," he said as quoted by BBC.
Hosting the tournament may see fans return in large numbers for the first time in Egypt since 2012 after fans were banned from attending matches and stricter crowd control measures introduced after the death of 74 Al Ahly fans during a game with Al Masry in Port Said.
"The fans are going to be back in the stadium, and everything is going to be back like before, I'm sure everyone knows about Egypt and the seven Africa Cups - we're going to look for number eight now, and this is the best time to start to be back like before," he added said
Egypt replaced Cameroon as hosts after the West African nation was stripped of the rights due to slow preparations for the competition.
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