Former Ghana striker Eric Bekoe revealed that Liverpool star Mohamed Salah looked up to him as a role model before heading for Europe.
After helping Asante Kotoko win the Ghanaian top-flight title in the 2007-08 season, where won the top scorer’s prize with 17 goals in 23 matches, Petrojet beat Zamalek to Bekoe’s signature.
There, he became an instant hit owing to his efficiency in front of goal. He also helped the team finish in the third position of the 2008–09 Egyptian Premier League season.
At that time, little Salah was developing in the youth ranks of Al Mokawloon before he was snapped up by Swiss Super League giants FC Basel.
Speaking to Ghana-based radio station Nhyira FM, the 33-year-old, who was the Blaugrana’s top-scorer during his three-year spell at that Suez Stadium, disclosed how the two-time African Player of the Year looked up to him for inspiration.
“I was a big player in Egypt. Mohamed Salah and other young Egyptian players wanted to be like,” said Bekoe as quoted by PulseGhana.
“Mohamed Salah of Liverpool picked me as a role model. During my days at FC Petrojet, Salah was a young boy playing for the youth side of Al Mokawloon.
“Salah was a left-winger who wanted to score more goals because he is clinical upfront. He sometimes cried because his effort on wings doesn’t result in goals.
“One of their coaches pushed him forward which helped his progression before leaving Egypt for FC Basel.”