'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.
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.
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Another great achievement in my football career. Another positive step taking me closer to many things i’ve always been dreaming of. Believe. Couldn’t have done it without all teammates/staff, always been a privilege playing with this badge on my shirt. . . #wearestoke #topgoalscorer #believe #anotherstep #womensfootball #thisgirlcan #empowerment #presentationnight ساره_عصام #sarahessam
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."
truthfully, she deserves the same amount of recognition that Mo Salah gets. it's so unfair how we praise male athletes, and totally neglect the female ones when they win the same trophies. nobody watches women's league? so what? we still owe her a warm, round of applause. https://t.co/6LCWl03Gt9— babycakes. (@WaywardBlues) May 29, 2019
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. ⚽️#womensfootballworld#SarahEssam#UK#UAE#Goldenbootshttps://t.co/3sJ7CeX7Cipic.twitter.com/fXtYHAeGAx— Salma Salaheldine (@salmasalah93) May 28, 2019
Congratulations to our rising star Sarah Essam for winning Stoke City Ladies' top scorer! 💪🏼🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/ZPl7jKXT5I— Eleven 11 (@ElevenEleven) May 28, 2019
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.
Well it's not the same trophy, Mo had it in the premiere league, where she is the top goal scorer of her team which doesn't play in the Super league nor in the championship league. Stoke is in the norther premier league, while Sara plays in its development team (3rd team)— Gharbieh (@Gharbieh) May 29, 2019
First of all, she's no where near the top scorer of the WSL (the first division in the English women's leagues). But that's not even all (1/2) pic.twitter.com/Z7PJX7x6OD— AbdelRahman Elnajar (@Elnajjjar) May 29, 2019
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.