PREMIER LEAGUE

Mohamed Salah becomes the first Egyptian to win the Premier League

The Liverpool forward made history this week – as did Sadio Mané and Naby Keita, the first Senegalese and Guinean players to win the English league.

Mohamed Salah becomes the first Egyptian to win the Premier League
PHIL NOBLE REUTERS

Mohamed Salah entered the history books on Thursday as he became the first Egyptian footballer to win the Premier League. It’s another feat for the Liverpool player, who last year, became the first Egyptian to win the Champions League.

Salah sizzles

Curiously, Salah already has a Premier League winners’ medal - just not an official one. He made just three appearances during Chelsea’s title-winning season in 2014-15 but under FA regulations, a minimum of five games is required to be eligible for a medal. Even though he didn’t qualify for a medal, and had spent the tail end of the campaign on loan at Fiorentina, manager José Mourinho didn’t want Salah to be left out and ordered a replica medal for him, saying that he had contributed to the team’s success. Now, Mo is the proud owner of the real thing.

Salah has reached a number of milestones during his time at Anfield – in 2018, he became the second fastest Liverpool player to reach 20 goals (just behind George Allan who managed the feat in 19 games in 1895/6); he also is one of the top 10 players who have reached 30 goals or more for the Reds in one season during the post-War years.

Sadio Mané

Mané and Keita flying the flag for Africa

And Salah isn’t the only Liverpool player to make history after clinching the league. Sadio Mané is the first Senegalese to pick up a Premier League winners’ medal and Naby Keita is the first Guinean player to win the English league.

With Liverpool’s title triumph, the total number of African players who have won the Premier League has risen to 18.

Liverpool's Naby Keita

African players who have won the Premier League

Ivory Coast: Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou, Yaya Touré, Kolo Touré

Cameroon: Lauren, Geremi Njitap, Joel Matip

Nigeria: John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Nwankwo Kanu

Ghana: Jeffrey Schlupp, Daniel Amartey, Michael Essien

Senegal: Sadio Mané

Liberia: Christopher Wreh

Guinea: Naby Keita

South Africa: Quinton Fortune

Algeria: Riyad Mahrez