Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Mohamed Salah wins CAF African Player of the Year award

Mohamed Salah wins CAF African Player of the Year award

The Egyptian forward was voted the victor at the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) 2018 awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday.

Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the three-man shortlist for the award.

He has scored 16 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool this season.

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The former AS Roma man scored 44 goals for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season as they reached the Champions League final.

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Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football, as the country beat sole rivals South Africa earlier Tuesday to decide which country hosted the 2019 Cup of Nations.

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.

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.

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

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 Youth Player of the Year award went to Achraf Hakimi of Morocco, who plays for Borussia Dortmund of Germany.Morocco's Coach, Herve Renard beat Gernot Rohr to the Men's Coach of the Year crown, while surprise national team of the past year, Mauritania, won the Men's National Team of the Year.

Kgatlana also took the Goal of the Year award.

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