Former Basel President recalls watching Salah live for first time
In 2012, one month before Mohamed Salah left Egypt to join FC Basel in Switzerland, Bernhard Heusler and his then sporting director Georg Heitz arranged a friendly between the Swiss side and Egypt’s U-23 team as the Egyptians prepared for that year’s Olympics after the league was canceled following the Port Said stadium massacre.
“The only reason we wanted this match was because of the chance to see Mohamed Salah play live,” Heusler said to Sky Sports. “I will never forget what I saw that day on that pitch. We were so impressed. It was freezing cold but he was amazing. He only played the second half but I had never seen a player with so much speed in my entire life.”
Salah confessed before that without Basel he wouldn’t be the player he is now, he assured that he still has a good relationship with everyone there including Heusler and Heitz. Heusler also assured that they exchange Whatsapp messages after almost every game and that both he and his former sporting director plan to pay a visit to Anfield.
“There are a few sportsmen like this,” says Heusler. “Roger Federer is another. They never forget where they are from. They are humble and respect the people who were involved in their pathway even when they have gone on to bigger things. Maybe it is no coincidence that it is the most successful people who are like that. I am so impressed with him.”
The 25-year-old’s sensational form this season resulted in him scoring 29 goals in 35 games in all competitions, breaking some records previously held by Liverpool legends. He scored 22 goals in the Premier League, only second to Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
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