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Mohamed Salah: “Our group is tough, but we are Egypt”

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Posted on January 21, 2017
Mohamed Salah

Photo by Aminah Babirye

Speaking in an interview with France Football Magazine, spoke on a variety of topics including the beginnings of his career, his experiences at different clubs, and his current ambitions with .

Asked about his goals at the ongoing African Cup of Nations, Salah blatantly stated, “I want to go to the end and win it! Our group in the first round (, Mali and Uganda) is tough, but we are Egypt. We respect everyone, but we are ambitious. Then, we hope to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The last time that my country participated was in 1990. And I think we have our chance!”

Salah was also asked about the increasing number of Egyptians playing abroad: “This is positive for our football and for our national team selection. It brings experience to any team. Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Ahmed Hassan “Koka” (S.C. Braga), Mahmoud Hassan “Trezeguet” (Excel Mouscron), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal) — these are all good players.”

Speaking on where he is most comfortable playing, Salah stated it doesn’t really matter. “It is true that I am more of a number 10 for the national team (whereas he plays on the right for Roma). I like all systems as long as I can express myself and mark”.

Lastly, Salah acknowledged what he represents for Egyptians and Africans. “Social media is a good indicator (of his impact). If I can inspire people, it does not bother me”.

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