Egypt's Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year

Posted January 08, 2018

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah may have been named the African Footballer of the Year for 2017, but the Liverpool forward has set another target for himself saying he wants to win the award for four times.

Salah beat 2015 victor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane in a poll by African national team coaches.

The 25-year-old striker was quite instrumental in assisting the Egyptian national team the "Pharaohs" to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, after missing the mark for close to two decades.

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Sadio Mane has sought to rubbish reports suggesting that he does not see eye to eye with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah. "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. Mohamed Salah has come a long way since his career in football began and now he is the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al-Khatib in 1983. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award.

"It was very hard to explain that moment to qualify to the World Cup after 28 years", he said at the awards ceremony in Ghana. This is the first year the organisers have also allowed captains to vote for the continent's best player.

Aubameyang was Bundesliga top scorer with 31 goals last season, holding off Bayern Munich and Poland ace Robert Lewandowski.

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This comes less than a month after he earned the BBC African Player of the Year award.

Liverpool, where he's now the leading goal scorer in the league. 2017 was an unbelievable year for me.

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