Mohamed Zidan: Mohamed Salah is giving hope to all Egyptians
Retired Egyptian international Mohamed Zidan hailed Liverpool’s winger Mohamed Salah, as the latter helped the Pharaohs beat Tunisia in a thrilling 3-2 result in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers in Borg El Arab stadium in Alexandria to go top of the group with the Carthage Eagles.
Mohamed Salah made 62 appearances with the Egyptian national team scoring 39 goals. After an impressive debut season with Liverpool, he quickly became the Pharaohs’ key player leading his side to the World Cup for the first time in decades.
Following his goal against Tunisia, the 26-year-old became the third top goalscorer in Egypt’s history surpassing Al Ahly legend Mohamed Aboutrika.
“He’s representing Egyptians very well in England and Liverpool. He’s doing very good and we all support him always,” Zidan told Goal.com.
“We all have his back and we always pray for him and always follow him because he is representing us as Egyptians and as Arabs.
“He’s a good example, as we were before – me and other Egyptian colleagues who played in Europe, like Mido, Ahmed Hassan and many other players who played in top leagues.
“Now Mo Salah is continuing the legacy of Egyptian players in Europe to make the Egyptian kids keep dreaming, because he’s one of us.
“Today is Mo Salah time, it is going very well, he is giving hope to all Egyptians and then in the future it will be other kids from Egypt that will play in Europe.”
Zidan is also grabbed attention in Europe as played in the Bundesliga for more than five years with a number of clubs, including Mainz 05, Werder Bremen, Hamburger SV and Borussia Dortmund.
The retired striker was part of Egypt’s squad that won two Africa Cup of Nations trophies in 2008 and 2010. He made 41 international appearances scoring 10 goals.
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