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The Pharaohs coach has described the FC Basel winger as the hope of the seven-time African champions who are pushing their way back to the international scene

Egypt coach Bob Bradley told reporters during the weekend that he believes Mohamed Salah represents the future of the country’s football following his barnstorming performance in the Pharaohs’ 4-2 win over Zimbabwe on Sunday in the 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The 20-year-old striker, who helped his club FC Basel to win the Swiss League title, scored a hat-trick against The Warriors at home in Harare to strengthen  his national team’s lead in Group G and a step away from the final round.

“Salah is the future of Egyptian football. He was the best player against Zimbabwe,” the former USA coach said after the meeting.

“His performance was historic, especially since he scored a hat-trick while also contributing to the first goal by Abou-Treika.

“Salah is a perfect professional player both on and off the pitch. He will play a great role in guiding us to the World Cup finals,” Bradley said.

Egypt now have 12 points ahead of second placed Guinea, who powered their tally to 7 after routing Mozambique 6-1 in Conakry on Sunday.