Casting aside a well-publicised spat with the Egyptian FA, Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah scored a brace as Egypt destroyed Niger Republic 6-0 in an AFCON qualifier.
Such was the dominance that Salah even had the luxury of missing two penalties, yet the maverick Egyptian has now racked up 37 goals in 60 appearances for his country.
He had a first minute spot kick saved but quickly set up Marwan Mohsen for the opener.
Ayman Ashraf slid in a second before Salah had another penalty saved, but this time poked in the loose ball.
Salah headed in a fifth after setting up Salah Mohsen before Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny completed the win for the Pharaohs.
Salah could have had a hat-trick but Mohsen over-hit his pass to the forward, who was faced with an open goal towards the end of normal time.
Thw win marked a new beginning for new coach Javier Aguirre, who replaced Hector Cuper after Egypt’s exit from the World Cup.