Salah, Egyp­tian Messi

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

MILAN. - He may have failed to im­press Jose Mour­inho, but Mo­hamed Salah has the chance at the Africa Cup of Na­tions to demon­strate just why he has been hailed as the “Egyp­tian Messi”.

“Salah looks great,” Egypt coach Hec­tor Cu­per told the as­ web­site on Wed­nes­day.

“If he con­tin­ues the way he’s go­ing, he can be­come one of the best play­ers in the world. I would love that for him.”

For most, in­clud­ing Chelsea’s de­mand­ing fans, Salah prob­a­bly doesn’t even be­long in a sen­tence that in­cludes the names of Cris­tiano Ron­aldo or Lionel Messi.

But one thing is for sure: since his de­par­ture from Chelsea, the 24-year-old’s star is on the rise.

Roma’s fans owe a big thank you to Mour­inho, who handed Salah a res­o­lute ‘thanks but no thanks’ note in Fe­bru­ary 2015 af­ter just 13 ap­pear­ances, fol­low­ing an ini­tial 11m eu­ros move from FC Basel 13 months ear­lier.

Ital­ian sup­port­ers are big fans of the faster-paced English game, and when Salah came to Serie A, he was wel­comed with open arms.

Salah has since re­paid their af­fec­tion with re­lent­less en­ergy, light­ning pace, great ball con­trol and an eye for goal that saw him bag a maiden Serie A hat-trick last month as he con­tin­ues to build an in­creas­ingly strong rap­port with Roma striker Edin Dzeko. - AFP.

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