Sam Morsy: Mohamed Salah is a phenomenal player
After winning League 1, Wigan Captain Sam Morsy is one step away from making Egypt’s final 23-man squad to the World Cup in Russia.
In an interview for Sky Sports, the midfielder born in Wolverhampton spoke about his dream of playing for the Egyptian national team since he was a little kid.
“I always paid attention and waited,” he told Sky Sports. “Egypt were very successful in the Africa Cup of Nations but unfortunately never had the breakthrough on the world stage until now. Thankfully the wait is over.
“I didn’t really envisage playing at a World Cup but I guess that’s the crazy game of football. It will be an honour but, of course, I’ve still got to make the final 23-man squad. I’ve got to try and compete and make sure I’m in there.
“It feels amazing, really. It’s a dream, something I dreamed of as a kid. Seeing all my family in Egypt support me and how proud they have been has been amazing.
“It’s brought the country closer together and given hope after what’s been a tough few years. It’s been a long wait so it’s amazing to finally give them what they’ve been waiting for.”
Morsy told Sky about his whole journey and how an Egyptian journalist was the first key in his long journey to Egypt’s squad.
“There was a journalist, Waseem Ahmed, who covered all the Egyptian players playing abroad,” Morsy recalls. “I was playing at Port Vale at the time, I got a message on Facebook saying I was being followed and my videos were being brought to public attention.
“I started to get a bit of popularity in Egypt and then when I was at Wigan one of the head coaches invited me to come to a training camp.”
“At the end of the season there was a camp immediately in Egypt, then a friendly in Kuwait and now we are in Milan,” he reveals. “We’ve been training almost every day in preparation, the manager is not leaving a stone unturned and you obviously want to be as prepared as possible.
“Salah is a phenomenal player. There was no doubt in my mind he would be a huge success this season but I think he exceeded everybody’s expectations.
“He was really unfortunate to get injured because I’m certain Liverpool would have won that game. But it wasn’t meant to be, that’s football, you’ve got to come back stronger and more motivated.
“We’ve got an exciting winger in Trezeguet,” he adds, “he’s worth keeping an eye on, as is our striker Kouka, who is a top marksman. Abdallah Said is a great playmaker, very technical and savvy, and there is Ramadan Sobhi, who has been accustomed to the Premier League.
“We’ve got some really attacking, exciting players. There’s a great togetherness, a great manager, a great set of players and great team spirit which sets you a long way.
“You want to give a good account of yourself in football. We know anything can happen in football so if you give a good account of yourself and perform well, who knows where you can go.”
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