Mohamed Salah wins CAF Player of the Year

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah
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08 January, 2018

Egyptian football star and Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has been awarded the African Player of the Year price after achieving success after success during 2017 with Egypt's national team and the Reds.

Salah beat 2015 victor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane in a poll by African national team coaches.

Salah has had an unbelievable season with Liverpool, scoring 23 goals for his team, including 17 goals in the Premier League, to be the league's top goal scorer.

"I am very happy and excited for the World Cup and I'm sure we will do something special".

In other award categories, Hector Cuper who guided Egypt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was named the coach of the year whilst Nigerian Assisat Oshoala emerged as the female player of the year.

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The 25-year-old described winning the award as a "dream come true", before dedicating the accolade to "the children in Egypt and Africa.to remind them to never stop dreaming and never stop believing in themselves". The awards ceremony took place on Thursday in Accra, the capital city of Ghana.

The Confederation of African football summed up in 2017.

He did stand out for Senegal, however, as they secured a first World Cup appearance since 2002, providing much of the creativity in a team stacked with physically formidable footballers. He was the joint top scorer in the final round of WC qualifiers.

The award is traditionally voted for by the head coaches or technical directors of all Africa's national teams.

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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