Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Salah - footballer of the year in Africa

Salah - footballer of the year in Africa

Mohamed Salah won African Player of the Year on Thursday, a reward for success on all fronts in 2017 for the Egypt forward after he inspired his country to a long-awaited World Cup place and had a phenomenal start to his career at Liverpool.

Salah, 25, beat Senegal and fellow club-mate Sadio Mane and Gabon global Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the prestigious prize to honor African men and women who have excelled and contributed to the development of football in and outside the continent.

"I think we have a good national team and we did very well in the Africa Cup and qualification for World Cup", said Salah before the awards ceremony.

Since joining Liverpool in the summer of 2017, the Egyptian has been in sensational form having scored 23 goals and assisted another 8 in 29 appearances in all competitions.

The striker at the event in Accra, Ghana said the Award was "a dream come true" for him.

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Zambian youth player Parson Dhaka was named the youth player of the year, whilst Moroccan team Wydad Athletic Club was the 2017 club of the year.

SOCCER-African Footballer of the Year Mohammed Salah of Egypt got seven votes from Swaziland.

National coaches, Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials, journalists and the public were involved in the voting. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award. "I want to dedicate this award to all the kids in Africa and Egypt and tell them never stop dreaming and never stop believing", he went on. He was the joint top scorer in the final round of WC qualifiers. I also had a great season with Roma and now with Liverpool.

"We always enjoy to play alongside [each other]".

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

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