Mo Salah brings pride to all Arabs’ – Egypt joy as Liverpool reach final

The Liverpool forward has reached demi-god status in his home country and even Egyptian Real Madrid fans want him to win the Champions League final against the Spanish side.

There is near silence in a Cairo coffee-house as locals sit with furrowed brows to watch Mo Salah and Liverpool take on Roma in the Champions League.
There is near silence in a Cairo coffee-house as locals sit with furrowed brows to watch Mo Salah and Liverpool take on Roma in the Champions League

In a coffee-house down a Cairo sidestreet, the Roma v Liverpool game almost starts with a row among the customers. The previous game on the television featuring the local favourites Zamalek risked running into extra time, past kick-off for the Champions League tie. A Zamalek goal in the 89th minute saved any blows: No one wants to miss Mohamed Salah.

“He plays in a beautiful way – and he’s always developing,” says Mohammed Hassen, a 23-year-old originally from Sudan but raised in Egypt. “He brings pride to people as he’s a Muslim who’s made it in the top leagues. He brings pride to all Arabs,” he adds.

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