His two goals against Brentford at the weekend in the Premier League brought his total number of goals in English soccer to 200 and he will now have to shine in matches against Group A rivals Djibouti and Sierra Leone.
Salah became the second African to win the Ballon d’Or last year talented backups, including Bay’s Victor Boniface.
They are among 17 African nations that cannot play at home either because of substandard stadiums or security concerns and will host Nigeria in the Rwandan city of Butare.
South Africa are considered Nigeria’s biggest threat in Group C, but Benin will play at home and Rwanda away without star Lyle Foster.
The Burnley striker and the only South African in the Premier League has been forced to leave the team due to a relapse of mental distressSaudi Arabia’s Yassine Bounou, Paris Saint-Germain defender Ahraf Hakimi and Sevilla striker Youssef Al-Nesiri will not take the field for the Atlas Lions until next Tuesday.
Their late entry into qualification is an away meeting with Tanzania in Group E, which also includes surging Zambia, Congo-Brazzaville and Niger, who are set to hire7252