Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year for 2017

Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year for 2017

The latest of those has seen him named 2017 African Player of the Year, but Mane has moved to quash any talk of a rift between two star forwards at Liverpool.

The Egypt worldwide beat the likes of Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal as well as Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the award.

The Liverpool striker has had a stunning year as part of the Egyptian team which made it to the Africa Cup of Nations final in February.

Known better as a failed Chelsea winger, Salah's iconic moment in 2017 was when he helped Egypt reach the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

With Liverpool, he has scored as many as 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 in 29 in all competitions.

The 25-year-old was the recipient of the award in November and he is on course to add another feather to his cap after he won Africa's top individual prize in Accra on Thursday night. "Qualifying for the World Cup after 28 years, and to have a great season with the clubs Rome and Liverpool".

The annual awards gala is organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to honor soccer players and officials for their excellent performance in different sectors of the sport.

"If I can win this award twice, three, four times and even 20 times, I want to win it", the former Basel winger said.

"Since I became a professional, I have wanted to be the best player ever in Egypt", he said in an interview.

Liverpool take on rivals Everton in the FA Cup this evening.

Other award winners included Women's Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria and Youth Player of the Year Patson Daka of Zambia.

Egypt was voted the team of the year, with manager Hector Cuper winning Africa's coach of the year.

"We are happy to play together".

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