'It's my country, what I love the most!': Mohamed Salah hungry for AFCON success with Egypt after coming up short in the 2017 final... as the Liverpool star insists leading his national team to glory would be the proudest moment of his career
Salah fired home the winning penalty in their last-16 shootout victory over Ivory Coast on Wednesday night, which saw Manchester United defender Eric Bailly miss the decisive spot-kick for the Elephants.
Now Egypt will turn their attention to Sunday's quarter-final showdown against Morocco, with a place against Burkina Faso or Tunisia in the last four to come for the winner.
Pharaohs captain Salah has inspired Liverpool to Premier League and Champions League titles in recent years, but he is yet to taste success with his national side.
And after his penalty heroics against Ivory Coast, the 29-year-old declared his intention to change that.
'Of course I want to win something with the national team,' he said. 'It's my country, what I love the most.
'This trophy for me would be completely different, would be the closest to my heart.
'We were close before to win this African Cup (in 2017), we gave it everything but we were not lucky to win it.
'But it's ok, now we are here in the new one. We have to fight for it, we have to give everything to win it and I'm sure the players have the same feeling.
'So hopefully we just need to focus on tomorrow's game and we go from there'.
Equatorial Guinea also booked their place in the quarter-final on Wednesday by producing a shock penalty-shootout win over Mali, setting up a clash with Senegal on Sunday night.
Gambia and Cameroon will contest the other last-eight battle after beating Guinea and Comoros respectively.