A former coach of Mohamed Salah reveals how the Premier League champion put his entire career on the line to go on trial at FC Basel.
At the age of 20, Mohamed Salah found himself languishing in the Egyptian football league with El Mokawloon SC.
The player knew that he wanted more, and was determined to venture away from the security of his homeland and achieve greatness.
The then-assistant coach at El Mokawloon, Mohamed Awad recalls how the Liverpool striker had an offer from some of Egypt’s top clubs but decided to pay a visit to Switzerland and go on trial at FC Basel.
Doesn’t sound like much but for then 20-year-old Salah he was warned should he fail on his trial those offers would no longer be on the table.
Speaking to Goal, Awad recalls:
“Salah rejected offers from local clubs like Al-Ahly and Zamalek to fulfill his dream to play in Europe, that is why he went to Basel.”
“The general supervisor at the time made it clear to Salah that the trial at Basel might end without a contract and that he would not find an offer from Al-Ahly and Zamalek still there.”
“But the player was determined to move to Basel. It was then we knew that Salah would succeed because of his unparalleled ambition.”
“Salah’s ambitions would make him think of leaving Liverpool to find a new challenge. I think La Liga would suit him.”
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