Mohamed Salah Wins African Player Of The Year

Heather Diaz
January 9, 2019

Salah was crowned at the CAF Awards in Dakar, Senegal, on Tuesday night as he beat Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the award.

A poll of CAF's national teams' head coaches and technical directors, members of the governing body's technical and development committee and a panel of media experts selected Salah as the continent's outstanding footballer in 2018.

"My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt".

Salah helped Liverpool to the Champions League final last season although he limped off against Real Madrid in the showpiece match.

Salah also netted twice for Egypt at his country's first appearance at a FIFA World Cup since 1990 and scored four goals in qualifiers for the 2019 AFCON this year.

In a record-breaking 2018, Salah notched both the PFA and Football Writers' awards in England and was also named the Premier League's best player after netting 44 times in all competitions last season.

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Salah blossomed in Rome, averaging close to a goal every two matches, and Liverpool paid nearly 37 million pounds (about $47 mn/41 mn euros) to sign him two years ago.

Women's Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dilian Quanjian), Francisca Ordega (Nigeria & Washington Spirit), Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash).

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

Mauritania won the men's National Team of the Year ahead of nominees Madagascar and Uganda.

After accepting his award, the 26-year-old striker looked shocked as the event organisers in Senegal brought up a live band to lay.

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