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African Cup is the Salah show but trouble behind the scenes

Mohamed Salah's status as the main attraction in his home country at the African Cup of Nations threatens to be overshadowed by yet another soccer corruption scandal.

On the field, Salah has the chance to lead Egypt to a record-extending eighth African Cup and do it in front of his own people. That would provide a joyous end to the season for arguably Africa's best player, who scored in the final and won the Champions League trophy with Liverpool after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title.

An Egypt success wouldn't just be for Salah. It would provide respite for a soccer-obsessed country of nearly 100 million shaken by severe civil unrest for nearly a decade.

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