Egypt's Mohammed Salah named African player of the year

  • Egypt's Mohammed Salah named African player of the year

Egypt's Mohammed Salah named African player of the year

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are in Ghana for the CAF Awards where the Egyptian will be named the CAF African Player of the Year after his outstanding performances for AS Roma, Liverpool, and the Egypt National team.

In what was a strong year for African Liverpool forwards, Senegalese worldwide Sadio Mane came second in the voting, with 2015 victor, Gabon and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, coming in at third place. Salah will miss the game through a groin injury, but Mane could well play.

Since joining Liverpool last summer from Roma, Salah has bagged 22 goals for the Reds in just 29 appearances, five of them coming in the UEFA Champions League and 17 in the English Premier League.

"Winning this award is a dream come true".

On his move from AS Roma, the Egyptian stated, "I have had two unbelievable season with Roma and I was very happy over there".

"It was very hard to explain the moment, to qualify to the World Cup after 28 years", he said after the ceremony in Ghana. He was also instrumental to Egypt's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. "This is a big award for me..."

CAF officially announced their African Footballer of the Year for 2017 on Thursday evening.

Taking home the women's national team of the year award was South Africa's senior side.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper, who will lead the Pharaohs at Russian Federation 2018 this summer, took home the coach of the year award, while his team also won the team of the year award.