Egypt’s Mo Salah arrived in Russia with his wing ahead of their third appearance FIFA World Cup and the Pharaohs immediately treated to the traditional ‘lezginka’ dance by locals at the team’s base in Chechnya.
The squad will be based at ‘The Local Hotel’ in Grozny, the capital city of the Chechen Republic, as a Chechen pair in traditional Chechen dress performed the lezginka dance - a folk dance originating from the Lezgian people of the Caucasus region - as the players disembarked coaches outside the hotel.
The dance is traditionally performed by a man, often with a sword, and imitating an eagle. The dancer falls to his knees, leaps up, and dances with steps and strong, sharp arm and body movements like the bird.
When the dance is performed in a pair, couples do not touch; the woman dances quietly as she regards the man’s display.
Focus ahead of the World Cup has firmly been fixed on star player Mo Salah, who suffered a shoulder injury during last month’s Champions League final. Initial reports suggested he would miss the World Cup entirely, however, further news suggested last season’s Premier League Player of the Year could be available for group matches at Russia.
Salah recently expressed his certainty of being fit to face Uruguay on Friday in Ekaterinburg, having already promised to be fit for the game against hosts Russia on June 19 in St. Petersburg.
The seven-time African champions play their opening Group A fixture on Friday, June 15, against Uruguay.