Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year

Liverpool news Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane finish first and second in African Player of the Year awards

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has been named CAF African Player of the Year for 2017. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award. It was very hard to explain the moments.

"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", he said.

The Egypt worldwide winger scooped the prestigious award by fending off competition from Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The second phase of the voting process saw head coaches and captains of the national Associations affiliated to CAF making their choices together with Independent Media and TV consultants during an awards ceremony held in Accra, Ghana this past Thursday.

Salah, who was voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year in December, has enjoyed a stellar year for both club and country.

Salah played a key role in Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations campaign past year, where the North Africans reached the finals and lost to Cameroon.

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.

"I have always wanted to be here [one of Africa's best players]", said Salah.

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 want to tell them never to stop believing and dreaming".

Will he step up on the world stage in football's most elite competition?

In early 2017, the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.

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