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Egypt U-23 forward Salah dreams of European adventure

Egypt Olympic team forward Mohamed Salah hopes the African qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympic games hosted by Morocco will pave his way to Europe

Ahmed Abd El-Rasoul, Monday 21 Nov 2011
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Egypt U-23 and Arab Contractors striker Mohamed Salah is ready to take his career to a higher level, as he expects some European offers after the 2012 London Olympic games African qualifiers that will be played in Morocco from 26 November to 10 December.

 “I hope to make a good impression in order to fulfil my dream and play in Europe,” Salah told Aram Sport.

The gifted 20-year-old forward has already made a huge impact with the Pharaohs, leading them to the bronze medal of the African Youth Championship in January and a quality display in the FIFA U-20 World Cup before losing to Argentina 2-1 in the round of 16.

“Arab Contractors’ board have promised to let me go if I receive a good offer,” explained Salah.

Egypt, who are seeking their first qualification for the Olympic games since 1992, are now in Morocco preparing for the qualifiers ahead of their tournament’s opener on 27 November against Gabon.

The young Pharaohs have been drawn in Group A of the eight-team African qualifying tournament alongside Ivory Coast, South Africa and Gabon.

The group winners will qualify directly for the London games. The runners-up in the two groups will face each other for the remaining place.

The fourth placed team will have a playoff game against the Asian representative in a two-legged tie for a last spot in the Olympic Games.

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