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29 May, 2019 16:02

'She deserves same recognition as Salah!' Egypt's 20yo Sarah Essam becomes Stoke City top scorer

'She deserves same recognition as Salah!' Egypt's 20yo Sarah Essam becomes Stoke City top scorer

Egyptian striker Sarah Essam has won Stoke City Ladies’ Development Team’s Golden Boot, prompting fans to call for her to be recognized in the same bracket as Premier League Golden Boot winner Mo Salah, although not all agree.

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Twenty-year-old Essam, who became the first player from her country to play in the UK Women's Premier League, now known as the FA Women's National League North, scored an impressive 12 goals in 12 appearances for Stoke last season, the same year compatriot and Liverpool forward Salah was top scorer in the men's division.

In light of her achievement, one fan went as far to remark: "truthfully, she deserves the same amount of recognition that Mo Salah gets. [I]t's so unfair how we praise male athletes, and totally neglect the female ones when they win the same trophies."

One Middle Eastern football fan said: "We really do need to give more attention acknowledge Middle Eastern Women’s achievements in Sports abroad. It’s a shame that foreigners appreciate it more than we do."

However, this was shot down by sharp social media users who were quick to point out that Essam did not win the female version of Salah's award, as Stoke City ladies currently play in the third tier of the English women's football league. 

Salah, on the other hand, received a Premier League Golden Boot by finishing joint top scorer along with teammate Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, all with 22 goals each.

Nevertheless, Essam's achievements cannot be diminished; the recipient of the 'Arab Woman of The Year - Achievement in Sport' award from the London Arab Foundation, was first chosen at the tender age of only 16 to represent her national team and has made over 20 appearances for her country.