Mohamed Salah has been crowned the African Player of the Year for 2017. The Egypt forward scored the goal that secured his country a place at this year's World Cup, while he has been in superb form since signing for the Reds.
Salah had a fantastic year with AS Roma, scoring 10 goals and providing two assists to lead the club to finish second in the league and qualify to the UEFA Champions League.
He went ahead of his teammate at Liverpool, Senegalese Sadio Mane, and Borrussia Dortmund hitman Pierre Emeric Aubameyang from Gabon. Liverpool play local rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round at on Friday (January 5).
Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Salah named African Player of the Year
Who has it better, on a individual level, in world football than Mohamed Salah right now? "I want to dedicate this award to all the kids in Africa and in Egypt, and to tell them to never stop dreaming and believing". Egypt was named National Team of the Year, alongside its Argentinian manager, Hector Cuper, who was voted Coach of the Year. He scored five goals in six games in the decisive qualifying round as Egypt sealed their place at the World Cup in Russian Federation. "This is a big award for me, a special moment in my career".
The one who recently in December won BBC footballer of the year Award gathered 625 points from voters composed of national team coaches and captains as well as a selection of officials and journalists.
The announcement was made at the 26th edition of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards gala held in Accra.More news: Jon Gruden leaves broadcast booth to again coach Raiders
More news: Ryan Shazier has feeling in legs, father says
More news: British parliamentary committee recommends levy on take-away coffee cups