Published on Jun 18, 2012
2007-2011 St George FC
2011-present Wadi Degla
Ethiopia 2007- 9 caps (8 goals)
Saladin Said is currently Ethiopia's best footballer. The striker who plays for Egyptian club Wedi Degla FC in Cairo has been in lightning form recently for the Black Lions scoring all the goals in Ethiopia's 2-0 victory of the Central African Republic and in the 1-1 draw with South Africa. Born in Asosa, he was exceptional as a youth player quickly gaining a key role in Ethiopia's youth team. He was signed by St George FC of Addis Ababa where he blossomed into the international striker we know him as today. At St George he won 2 Ethiopian Premier League titles as well as 2 Golden Boot awards for top scorer in the league including when he scored 21 goals in only 17 games in his first season. He became a full international aged 19 and scored in a World cup qualifier against DR Congo. In the 2010 Addis Ababa city cup final between St George and Dedebit, a riot erupted and Saladin ended up punching a referee and pushing an opponent. He and other brawl participants recieved a two year suspension from Ethiopian football.
In that year, he was trialed and played several matchs for Serbian champions Partizan Belgrade. But didn't sign on a permanent basis.
In June 2011, he sent a letter of apology to the EFF for his actions during the Addis Ababa city cup final. The EFF accepted it, and immediately Saladin was recalled to the national setup only days before the Black Lions African Qualifiying match against Nigeria. On June 5th 2011, after about a year of competitive inactivity, he lined up against Nigeria, he scored both goals in Ethiopia's shocking 2-2 draw with a team loaded with English Italian and Spanish based stars.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoZuYX... Saladin rejoined St George in time for the 2011 East African Champions League. In one match against Ports FC, Champions of Djibouti, he scored 5 goals in St George's 7-0 victory.
Scouts all over Africa were a buzz about Saladin then. Dedebit were said to be preparing a sensationsl 1 million birr transfer of Saladin.
In October 2011, he transfered to Egyptian club Wadi Degla, for 240,000$ (over 2 million birr). It is the biggest transfer of an Ethiopian football player ever. He is rumoured to be on the move once more as more clubs are on the lookout for Ethiopia's best finisher. He states that Kaizer Chiefs and Suspersport United (former club of fellow Ethiopian international Fikru Tefera) have contacted his agent.
After his second goal against Central African Republic, he tore his hamstring and was unavailable for Ethiopia's 1-1 draw with Benin. Currently out of action for the next few weeks.
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