Egypt’s prime striker Mohamed Salah has been made a honorary citizen of southern Russian area, Chechnya, at a farewell banquet held for his nationwide workforce.
Chechnya has been internet hosting the Egyptian workforce’s World Cup coaching camp.
Chechnya chief Ramzan Kadyrov wrote on Telegram that: “Mohamed Salah is an honorary citizen of the Chechen Republic.
“Yes, that’s right! Tonight I signed a decree conferring this high award on the great footballer and member of the Egypt and Liverpool teams.”
Reuters experiences that Salah was introduced with a badge and a copy of the decree on the dinner on Friday night time.
Kadyrov took cost of Chechnya in 2007, backed by Kremlin to impose tight management within the Muslim area the place Russia had fought two brutal and expensive wars to crush separatists for the reason that collapse of the Soviet Union.
In an interview with the BBC this week, he denied human rights abuses and laughingly rejected the thought he was utilizing the presence of Salah for propaganda.
He mentioned: “We don’t use this kind of thing for politics. Our enemies are paid to write articles like that. I didn’t invite Mohamed Salah or the Egyptian team, they chose us themselves.”