Egypt Fans Hope For More Salah Magic As Season Starts
Cairo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 13th Aug, 2018 ) :As Mohamed Salah took to the field for the start of the new Premier League season, fans in his native Egypt prayed Sunday for another miracle campaign from the talismanic striker.
"We used to struggle to find places to watch Liverpool play," die-hard Reds fan Seif Mahdi, 18, told AFP.
"But now everywhere shows it -- you just have to tell them you want to watch Salah play." The reason for the excitement is obvious -- last season the Egyptian star smashed a string of records as he scored 44 goals for his English club.
That's a strange feeling for the Liverpool fan club members who cheered on the team long before Salah's arrival.
The supporters association in Egypt now boasts over 12,000 members.
At his store in the Cairo district of Maadi, the club's shirts are the only ones that have run out of stock.
"Over the summer months we sold more than 1,000 of them," he said.
"And everyday we are getting requests for the new shirt that we are still waiting to receive in the shop." Right now, Egyptian football fans might be in need of a pick up after a summer that once looked so promising turned out to be highly forgettable.
But a devastating injury in the Champions League final left Salah unfit and Egypt eventually crashed out after three losses.
"There was even some criticism of Salah, which is rare, but this has faded now and people are excited about the new season." After watching the opening game of the new campaign, the Liverpool fans at the Cairo cafe were even more hopeful that their man could repeat the feats of last term.
Salah tapped in the club's first goal of the season to set his team on its way to a comfortable 4-0 victory over West Ham.
"Who knows, maybe he will do it again."