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>> More than five years after leaving Egypt, Mohamed Salah appears to be heading his stride. The Liverpool forward is the second leading scorer in Premier League this season with 17 goals. And he is among three contenders for the African Player of the Year Award to be announced in Ghana on Thursday.
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Back home in his village Nagrish, three hours north of Cairo, then they run deep of their favorite sons said Village Chief Maya Shatta.>> Mohammed is our ambassador, he is very dear to us, after all he is our son, and he is a constant source of pride for the people of his village.
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>> Shatta says Salah remains an active member of the village having built a medical unit and a youth center as well as volunteering with underprivileged families. All of that in between stints with top teams Roma, Chelsea, and now Liverpool. But it all began in Cairo where Salah achieved his first real break for the top flight Arab Contractors Junior Team.
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Former Egyptian national coach Allah Nabil says the nation couldn't be prouder>> Today the entire Egyptian population is standing by Mohammed Salah. If you go anywhere to see a Liverpool match you will find everyone watching the match. Today your son is playing abroad, everyone's son an Egyptian.>> An Egyptian who sparked celebrations across Egypt back in October after he scored a game-winning penalty that put Egypt in the world cup for the first time in 28 years.
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And as he takes the stage in Ghana Thursday, Egypt hopes to celebrate again, this time born African Player of the Year they can call their own.