Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah crowned 2017 CAF player of the year

06 January, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane Liverpool

CAF officially announced their African Footballer of the Year for 2017 on Thursday evening.

At the CAF Awards in Accra, Ghana on Thursday, the Egypt global beat his Liverpool teammate and Senegal worldwide Sadio Mane and Borussia Dortmund Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

On the worldwide front, the 25-year-old scored a last-minute winning penalty against Congo to send Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990.

Mohamed Salah impressive 2017 ensured he had a total of 700 votes while second place Saido Mane had 100 votes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had just 70 votes.

Salah has assisted Mané four times in the Premier League this season, with only Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta providing more goals as a combination in the top flight.


Senegal's Sadio Mane was the first runner while Gabon worldwide Aubameyang finished third.

"This is a dream come true for me".

Salah is the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1983.

Egypt's Argentine manager Hector Cuper has been named Coach of the Year while other honours have gone to Egypt (national team), South Africa (women's national team) and Wydad Casablanca (club). "To qualify to the World Cup after 28 years and to have a great season at Roma and Liverpool were special moments in my career", Salah said at the Confederation of African Football awards. She will be hoping to lead Nigeria to an eighth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019, as qualifying for Africa runs between 17 November and 1 December in Ghana.

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