Mohamed Salah wins CAF African Player of the Year award

Mohamed Salah wins CAF African Player of the Year award

After a record-breaking 44-goal season for Liverpool in 2017/18 where he won the Premier League Golden Boot and guided the Reds to the Champions League final, Salah was awarded yet another prize from the CAF for his sensational performances.

"I'm proud to win it twice, I must thank my family and my teammates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt".

Salah has hit the ground running this season as well, racking up 16 goals to guide Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table.

He scored 44 goals for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, helping the Reds to the Champions League final before scoring twice for Egypt at the World Cup in Russian Federation. Hours earlier, his country had been awarded the hosting rights for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after the CAF had stripped original hosts Cameroon of the honour.

The 26-year-old's performances throughout the year also saw him retain the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and finish sixth in the Ballon d'Or standings.

Salah beat fellow nominees, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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He also scored twice at the World Cup, which was Egypt's first appearance in the tournament since 1990.

Salah netted twice and missed two penalties three months later in a 6-0 Cup of Nations rout of Niger and snatched the late victor in a 3-2 victory over Tunisia in the same competition.

No Nigerian player was named in the team of the year as the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa and Iheanacho were also ignored by CAF.

The Liverpool forward become the fourth player to win back-to-back awards after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto'o and Yaya Toure.

The other male awards went to France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, the Mauritania national team, and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in the youth category.

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