Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Mohamed Salah named BBC African Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah named BBC African Player of the Year

Salah is the first Egyptian victor of the award since Mohamed Barakat won it in 2005 and the winger says he hopes to go down as the best player his country has ever had.

Also, he played an integral role in helping to return Egypt to the World Cup after a 28-year hiatus.

"You feel like you've done something important that year, so I'm very pleased, and I want to win the award next year as well'" Salah added.

"I'm very happy to win this award, it's a special feeling for me", said the Egyptian.

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With both Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo struggling for goals in the league, the addition of Salah would certainly elevate Zinedine Zidane's squad to another level.

Salah has only been at Anfield for just under six months but has already rocketed in value following his £39million transfer from Roma, thanks to 18 goals and four assists in 22 Premier League and Champions League appearances. "I am a really lucky person because I've had the opportunity to work with a few fantastic, outstandingly good players - and now I am happy I have it with Mo", added the German. "I'd like to thank everybody; my teammates and the people I work with.

I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way", Salah went on to tell the BBC.

Salah, 25 is also in the race for the African Player of the Year award to be awarded by the African Football Confederation (CAF) on January 4 in Accra, Ghana.

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