Former Ghana International Eric Kwabena Bekoe has revealed that he played a huge part in the making of Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah.
Bekoe may not have reached the heights and fame that Salah is currently enjoying in the English Premier League but says during his time with Petrojet in the Egyptian League, Mohammed salah always looked up to him.
Bekoe who made his name in the Ghana Premier League with Kumasi Asante Kotoko played for Egyptian side Petrojet between 2009 and 2012.
At the time, 18-year-old Salah was with the youth side of Al Mokawloon. The Egyptian has since gone on to become a huge star.
Bekoe, 34, has now revealed that he played a role in inspiring a young Salah.
“I was a big player in Egypt. Mohamed Salah and other young Egyptian players wanted to be like,” Bekoe told Nhyira FM.
“…..Mohammed Salah of Liverpool picked me as his role model. During my days at FC Petrojet, Salah was a young boy playing for the youth side of Al Mokawloon who trained with Petrojet.
“Salah was a left-winger who wanted to score more goals because he is clinical upfront. He sometimes cried because his efforts on the wings doesn’t result in goals.
“One of their coaches pushed him forward which helped his progression before leaving Egypt for FC Basel.”
Bekoe scored 65 goals in over eighty matches he featured for Egyptian club FC Petrojet before leaving in 2012.