‘Mo Salah is so important to Muslim children like mine’

“Mohamed Salah! Go Mo, go!”

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The shouts echo around my house as Mohamed Salah scores a sublime opening goal against Roma in the UEFA Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.

My children, Hanaa, aged eight, and Muhammad, six, beam from ear to ear as we all watch Salah lay face down on the ground, in his trademark goal celebration.

The rise of Liverpool’s Egyptian King hasn’t gone unnoticed in homes like mine across the country, if not the world.

At the top of his game, Mohamed Salah is uniting communities.

He will pray on the pitch, he will sport his beard with pride and he will play some of the best football you have seen this year.

Do you have any idea how powerful that is to children like mine? He’s a role model of our time.

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