The Egyptian forward has been rewarded for his scintillating form for club and country after he scooped the most coveted football award in the continent.
By SportBrief Reporter
Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was named 2017 CAF African Player of the Year at the CAF awards ceremony held on Thursday evening.
Salah saw off competition from two other finalists, fellow Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Borrusia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to takes home the award for the first time ever at the awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
The 25-year-old has been prolific for Liverpool in 2017 as he has scored 23 goals in 29 games after joining the English Premier League side from AS Roma in the summer transfer window.
Salah’s hot streak transcended to the international scene as he was instrumental in helping Egypt to a second place finish at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, scoring crucial goals against Ghana and Burkina Faso.
The Liverpool forward also helped his country to secure passage to the biggest competition in world football as his brace against Congo in October, which included a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-1 win, helped the Pharaohs qualify for their first FIFA World Cup since 1990 to round off a sensational year.
Salah’s Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane took second place while Perre-Emerick Aubameyang rounded off the top three.
Although Mane was on point for Liverpool at the beginning of 2017, helping them secure Champions League qualification at the close of the 2016/17 EPL season in May, he has since been over-shadowed by the Egyptian at the Merseyside club.
Mane also helped Senegal to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Russia.
Aubameyang, meanwhile, scored an incredible 31 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions last term, but only managed to get his hands on the DFB-Pokal with Borussia Dortmund and did not make as much of a notable contribution with his country Gabon as the other frontrunners.