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FIFA World Cup 2018: How Chechen fans made Mohamed Salah smile on his birthday

Mohamed Salah, who missed Egypt’s FIFA World Cup 2018 match against Uruguay, received a special present from Chechen fans on his birthday in Grozny.

football Updated: Jun 16, 2018 16:51 IST
Reuters, Grozny
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Mohamed Salah received a 100kg cake from Chechen fans on his birthday. The Egypt striker missed his team’s FIFA World Cup 2018 opener due to injury concerns.(AFP)

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah might have had a forgettable 26th birthday as his team lost to Uruguay in their FIFA World Cup 2016 opener on Friday, but a group of fans from Chechnya brought a smile to his face with a 100kg cake decorated with a golden boot.

Salah, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season, injured his shoulder ligaments in the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid on May 26 and was not risked in Egypt’s 1-0 Group A loss to Uruguay in Yekaterinburg.

Egypt’s talisman, who is expected to play in their remaining group games with Russia and Saudi Arabia, was presented with the two-tier cake in the colours of the national flag on the team’s arrival at their training base of Grozny early on Saturday.

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Salah smiled and hugged his team mates as they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ in English and Arabic before blowing out the candles and heading to his room.

Egypt take on hosts Russia in St Petersburg on Tuesday.

First Published: Jun 16, 2018 16:50 IST