Marwan Ahmed, a journalist for Egyptian sports website KingFut, has explained just what Mo Salah has done for his country.
Liverpool’s flying winger scored a brace against Congo at the weekend, which sent Egypt into their first World Cup since Italia ’90.
Ahmed reckons Salah will go on to be recognised as Egypt’s greatest ever player, while describing some of the incredible scenes in Cairo, the country’s capital.
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“Honestly, the feeling was indescribable,” Ahmed told the Echo.
“Everyone was screaming their lungs out, there were tears of joy like never before. Egypt hadn’t witnessed a similar atmosphere since we won the Africa Cup of Nations at home in 2006.
“Celebrations in the streets went on until the early hours of the morning. The streets were jammed with people dancing and honking their car horns.
“I think Salah will go down as the greatest Egyptian footballer in history. He’s our savior. Out of a total of seven goals Egypt have scored in their qualifying group, Salah has got five and provided two assists.
“He bring everyone together despite their differences,” Ahmed added.
“People can argue about a lot of things but Mohamed Salah is the one person that brings the people together.
“The country deserves to be happy after all the years of suffering after the Arab Spring and political turbulence. For a few hours everyone threw their differences away and celebrated together like family.”