Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
Wednesday Dec 13, 2017. 15:30
After experiencing a goal drought, Mohamed Salah texted Cote d’Ivoirean legend Didier Drogba asking for advice, and the former Elephants man told him to relax, goals will come.
The former Chelsea international was Salah’s teammate at Stamford Bridge in 2014 before the Egyptian was shipped out to Fiorentina and later AS Roma in the Italian Serie A.
However, the Elephants legend says Salah has improved after winning the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year.
Drogba, who is now part-owner and player at Phoenix Rising in the second tier of professional football in the USA, has been impressed with the 25-year-old's development in recent years.
"He's unpredictable he can dribble past you easily and he has got stronger and he can score goals," Drogba said to the BBC.
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"There was a time when he was texting me: 'I don't score, I don't know why.' I said: 'It is just a matter of time and confidence.'
"When you have the confidence, everything can happen and you can see now that he is scoring goals.
"I saw how he improved through the years. He had to go to Italy to perform and then come back to England show that he is the player we always believed he was
"What he has done with the national team as well being able to qualify the country [for the 2018 World Cup] in a very difficult game, I think he deserves it."
The 25-year-old Pharaohs attacker walked away with the gong in a public vote ahead of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Nigeria’s Victor Moses and Naby Keita of Guinea.