It hardly came as a surprise for Mohamed Salah that he was crowned Africa’s best player on Thursday. He anticipated it almost three years ago despite an unfruitful spell at English Premier League side Chelsea.
Although he struggled to break into a star-studded Chelsea side, the current Liverpool forward believed at the time he would one day land CAF’s prestigious award for the best player in Africa.
He comfortably emerged the winner during a ceremony in Accra in the late hours of Thursday, coming ahead of Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Salah posted on Friday an Instagram story that includes a screenshot from an old post with a profile picture of him wearing the Chelsea kit.
A fan was telling him to be patient and that his chance would come one day.
“I will not be nominated for it (the CAF award). I will win it, God willing,” he replied to the fan on 7 November, 2014.
At the time, Salah had spent little less than a year at Chelsea, struggling to make an impact after being given a few chances to prove his worth by then coach Jose Mourinho.
He could only make 19 appearances with Chelsea in all competitions, scoring two goals and providing four assists.
He had something to prove back in the Premier League when he joined Liverpool last summer and he showed what Chelsea are missing by netting 23 goals before the turn of the year in all competitions.
His tally includes 17 goals in the Premier League, just one behind the competition’s top scorer Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur.
A screenshot of Salah's Instagram conversation three years ago
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