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Ex-Asante Kotoko hitman Eric Bekoe: I was a role model to Mohammed Salah in Egypt

Published on: 02 June 2020
Ex-Asante Kotoko hitman Eric Bekoe: I was a role model to Mohammed Salah in Egypt
Eric Bekoe in Petrojet

Former Asante Kotoko striker Eric Bekoe says Liverpool star Mohammed Salah looked up to him as a role model during his playing days in Egypt.

Bekoe joined FC Petrojet in 2008 following a successful spell with Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko.

Now 33, Bekoe became a cult hero for the Black and White lads, scoring 65 goals in 80 appearances in his three-year stay with the club.

The sharpshooter has claimed that Mohammed Salah and other young players who were playing in the Egyptian youth teams during his stint with FC Petrojet picked him as their role model.

"I was a big player in Egypt. Mohamed Salah and other young Egyptian players wanted to be like me," Bekoe told Nhyira FM.

"Oh yeah.... Mohammed Salah of Liverpool picked me as role model. During my days at FC Petrojet, Salah was 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 efforts on wings doesn't result in goals."

"One of their coaches pushed him forward which helped his progression before leaving Egypt for FC Basel"

Bekoe won the Ghana Premier League goal-king gong during his time at Kotoko after scoring 17 goals in 23 matches.

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