Egypt's Salah wins African Footballer of the Year prize

Rachel Hardy
January 8, 2018

Celebrated Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Salah, who plays for Liverpool Football Club in England, was last night named the African player of the year at an award ceremony held in Accra, Ghana.

Liverpool forward and Egypt global Mohamed Salah has been been named African Player of the Year.

In 29 games this season on account of Salah for 23 goals and 8 assists. I had unbelievable moments leading Egypt to the World Cup for the first time [in] 28 years.

Salah was then joint top-scorer in the final round of qualifiers as Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Salah dedicated the award to the children of Africa and Egypt, urging them to follow their dreams and belief.

Salah is the first Egyptian and third North African - after last year's Algerian victor Ryad Mahrez, and Morocco's Mustapha Hadji in 1998 - to win the prestigious individual honour since its inception by CAF in 1992. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award.

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Other award winners included Women's Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria and Youth Player of the Year Patson Daka of Zambia.

Aubameyang was Bundesliga top scorer with 31 goals last season, holding off Bayern Munich and Poland ace Robert Lewandowski.

The Liverpool forward enjoyed a tremendous 2017 with both club and country and now says, he wants to take over as Egypt's best ever.

Salah was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The annual event also aims to encourage and enhance the performances of sports persons to maintain the high standard and quality of football administration and management in Africa.

Shortlists had been drawn up for both awards when the CAF executive committee chose to dump them, initially without offering any explanations.

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