Egyptian President Sisi congratulates Mo Salah for winning PFA best-player award

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Apr 2018

In a post on his official Facebook page, the president said he was proud of the player for raising Egypt's name high

El-Sisi with Salah
File Photo: Egyptian national football team player Mohamed Salah (R) with Egypt's president Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (M) and Minister of Sports and Youth Khaled Abdel-Aziz (L), January 2017, Cairo, Egypt (Photo: Egyptian presidency)

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has congratulated Egyptian football player Mohamed Salah, who plays for the English club Liverpool, for winning the English Premier League’s best-player award earlier this week.

"I extend congratulations to the son of Egypt, Mohamed Salah, on the achievement he has attained which is a reason for pride and a confirmation of the impressive capabilities of Egyptians in all fields," El-Sisi said on his official Facebook page on Tuesday.

On Sunday, 25-year-old Salah was crowned the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year for the 2017-18 season, with an incredible 41-goal debut season at Liverpool.

Salah is the first Egyptian and only the second African to clinch the prize after Algeria's Riyad Mahrez, who won the title in 2016.

"[I'm] proud of him and of every Egyptian who raises Egypt's name high," the president added in a brief post accompanied by a photo of Salah carrying the trophy.

In January, Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017. He was also the first to be named the Premier League’s player of the month three times in one season.

The president also posted the photograph of Salah carrying the trophy on his official Instagram account.

Salah was key in helping Egypt's national team reach the African Nations Cup final and qualify for this year’s World Cup in Russia, which will begin in mid-June in Russia.

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