Liverpool attacker Salah named African Player of the Year

Jan 08, 2018, 01:09
Liverpool attacker Salah named African Player of the Year

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 over his club teammate Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Salah helped the Pharaohs end a 28 year wait for an appearance at the World Cup by qualifying for Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 edition in Russia and he is optimistic the team will do well.

The sprinter has scored 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions this season after he was brought from AS Roma for 40 Million Euros. Egypt had been absent from the World Cup for 28 years.

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Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year for 2017

"I think we have a good national team and we did very well in the Africa Cup [of Nations], and qualification for the World Cup we did very well", Salah said of his efforts.

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

While the attacker was ruled out of the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup third round as he collected his award in Ghana's capital Accra, Salah was still all smiles with his prize on a flight back to England. "This award is a big award for me ... it's a special moment for me in my career".

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It is the first time since 1986 that stars from the north of the continent, which along with the west is the strongest football region, have won successive titles.

The announcement was made at the 26th edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards gala held in Accra. He netted the stoppage time penalty against Congo, which sent the Egyptian team to the world cup competition. He was the joint top scorer in the final round of WC qualifiers.

Salah had a memorable year on both the club and country level.

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The award finalist is decided after all the head coaches or technical directors of national teams of Africa cast their vote.

"We are happy to play together".

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