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Egyptian duo crowned champions of Switzerland with Basel
Mohamed Salah and El-Nenny are the first Egyptians to be crowned champions of Switzerland after Basel successfully defended their Swiss Super League title with a 1-0 home win against St. Gallen on Saturday.
Egypt international Mohamed El-Nenny played the entire match which ended with Basel being crowned Swiss champions for the 16th time, whilst his compatriot Mohamed Salah started on the bench before replacing Serey Die on the 68th minute.
Basel were virtually crowned champions last Wednesday after beating Samuel Afum’s Young Boys 1-0, which gave Grasshoppers an almost impossible task to clinch the title as they trailed by three points and needed to overturn a goal difference of 16 goals with one game remaining.
Grasshopper Club could neither catch up on points nor goals after Raúl Bobadilla scored in the 22nd minute to maintain Basel’s three-point margin and seal the title for the fourth consecutive season as GC only managed a 2-0 win against Lausanne-Sport.
20-year-olds Mohamed Salah and El-Nenny have been an integral factor in Basel’s league triumph this season, with the former scoring five goals and creating four in 29 league appearances since joining from Arab Contractors last summer.
In his first season in Europe with Basel, Salah scored ten goals and assisted nine in all competitions, including goals against Tottenham and Chelsea in the Europa League.
El-Nenny has pulled the strings in the heart of midfield since arriving from Arab Contractors in January on an initial six-month loan. The defensive midfielder has recently been rewarded after Basel took up the option to sign him on a four-year contract.
Salah and El-Nenny were both named in Bob Bradley’s Egypt national team provisional squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Zimbabwe and Mozambique.