Peter Odemwingie: Salah will make Africa proud
Nigeria international winger Peter Odemwingie hopes Liverpool’s forwards Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane can win the UEFA Champions League as he believes this will affect both of them positively when they represent their national teams in Russia.
Salah and Mane had a significant role shaping Liverpool’s attacking form along with Brazilian winger Roberto Firmino. Their efforts led the Reds to a top-four position in the English Premier League and the Champions League semi-finals.
Mohamed Salah will return to the Stadio Olimpico for the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals hoping to make his dream of winning the prestigious tournament comes true after Liverpool managed to take a 5-2 lead to Rome.
“Mo Salah straight away comes to mind,” said Odemwingie who played for a number of years in England with West Brom, Bristol and Stoke City. “He will make Africa proud because he is the most in-form player at the moment.”
“Sadio Mane is there, hopefully they can win the Champions League. That will inspire them to do bigger things,” he added. “It would give their teams a bit of confidence as well, that a boy like that is amongst us.”
If the Reds can overcome AS Roma on Wednesday, they will face Real Madrid in the final, after the Spanish giants beat Bayern Munich 4-3 on aggregate.
A draw will be enough for Liverpool, while Roma will need to turn a three-goal deficit to advance to next month’s final in Kiev.
“If they can be a bit better defensively our African teams then I think they will have a bit of a chance.”
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