Hannibal Mejbri only played eight minutes for Tunisia during the memorable victory over Egypt on Tuesday night – but the Manchester United youngster made his mark when poking fun at Mohamed Salah.
Goals from Aissa Laidouni and Hamza Rafia – either side of Egypt player Hamdi Faith turning one into his own net – settled the scores for Tunisia as Salah and his teammates were humbled on home turf. Omar Kamal replied for the Egyptians in their friendly meeting at the Cairo International Stadium.
Tunisia rightly celebrated their famous 3-1 win. And their heroic players, including Hannibal who entered the fray late-on, decided to channel their inner Salah when celebrating the third goal.
Gathering at the corner flag when Rafia put the match beyond doubt, several Tunisians decided to celebrate the goal by replicating the Liverpool forward’s iconic yoga celebration. Salah saw the funny side, with the forward captured smirking by the TV cameras.
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Hannibal, who has yet to appear for United this campaign despite an injury crisis in midfield and featuring on the club’s pre-season tour, won his 26th senior cap for Tunisia on Tuesday night. The 20-year-old was summoned from the bench to replace Elias Achouri with 82 minutes on the clock.
He helped Tunisia complete the win in a meeting between two sides who will be in the Africa Cup of Nations early next year. Hannibal could miss up to nine matches for United as a result. The club’s Academy graduate made his international debut for Tunisia in 2021 when he was still a teenager and was part of their squad for the last World Cup.