Freshly crowned English champions with his club Liverpool, Mohammed Salah wanted to confirm his sporting success and solidarity with the people of his hometown. The Egyptian football superstar announced that he had donated an ambulance centre to his hometown of Nagrig, a small town located in the meanders of the Nile Delta.
A donation of 600,000 Egyptian pounds
Hero of the Merseyside club and a true living legend of Egyptian football, Mohammed Salah enjoyed a successful 2019-2020 season, both collectively, with a league title (the first for 30 years for the Reds), and personally, with 21 goals and 10 assists.
Joueurs comptant 20+ buts et 10+ passes décisives en 2019/20 avec un club du Top 5 Européen :
🇦🇷 Messi (26 buts & 21 passes)
🇩🇪 Werner (34 & 12)
🇫🇷 Mbappé (30 & 13)
🏴 Sancho (20 & 19)
🇲🇽 Raul Jimenez (24 & 10)
🇪🇬 Salah (21 & 10)
🇫🇷 BENZEMA (22 & 10)
— Statistiques (@Stats_OL) June 29, 2020
Salah is a great goalscorer and passer, but he also proves that he can play as a team outside the box. The top-level athlete and double African Golden Ball winner has decided to donate an ambulance centre to his hometown, for a total amount of around 600,000 Egyptian pounds (37 000 dollars). Once operational, the centre will serve 30,000 people around the city of Nagrig.
The mayor of Gharbia, the district where the small town of Nagrig is located, announced the news. The local Egyptian state representative was joined by Dr Magdy Awad, director of the Gharbia Ambulance Institute, and Haj Salah Ghaly, the footballer’s father, at the unveiling of the news.
Salah, a generous footballer on and off the pitch
This is not the first time that the footballer has been involved in this type of operation, proof if proof were needed that he is very attached to his Egyptian roots. The ambulance centre is only the latest charitable act in a list as extensive as his sporting achievements.
In Nagrig, Mo’ Salah financed the construction of a girls’ school in the village and the purchase of land to build a sewage treatment plant, thereby ensuring clean water in the area. The Liverpool winger has not been stingy in his generosity as he has repeatedly purchased medical equipment for his village. A charitable commitment that has finally materialised with the creation of a foundation to provide monthly supplies to those in need.
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) April 19, 2020
But his charitable work is not limited to his native region. The footballer has also helped Egypt by donating 5 million Egyptian pounds to the “Tahya Masr Fund” in 2016. He has also made a significant contribution by donating over 50 million Egyptian pounds to the National Cancer Institute. His commitment to those most in need did not slow down during the COVID-19 pandemic, quite the contrary. At the height of the pandemic, the footballer donated food to the city of Basyoun, helping to feed the poor at a time when it is difficult to survive without a job.
Like another world football legend, Garrincha, who was nicknamed Alegrio do Povo (joy of the people in Portuguese), Salah is often referred to as “the happiness maker”. This nickname owes much to his actions both on and off the pitch, which are seen as a source of inspiration.