Egypt forward and Liverpool ace, Mohammed Salah, has been voted Confederation of African Football (CAF) 2018 Player of the Year. This is the second year in a row Salah is winning the award.
Salah won the award ahead of his co-Liverpool star, Sadio Mane, and Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The ceremony was held in Senegal last Tuesday. In expressing his joy at winning the award he said his childhood dream was to win the award and now he had won it twice.
Salah scored 44 goals in the 2017-18 season for Liverpool. He played key roles in Egypt qualifying for the Russia world cup and Liverpool reaching the final of the UEFA Champions League. This season the striker has scored 16 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool.
Other winners at the ceremony include:
Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa/Houston Dash) – CAF Women’s Player of the Year
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) – Youth Player of the year
Mauritania – Male National Team of the Year
Nigeria – Female National Team of the Year
Herve Renard (Morocco) – Coach of the Year
Desiree Ellis (South Africa) – Women’s Coach of the Year
Thembi Kgatlana – Goal of the Year (against Super Falcons of Nigeria in the Group B game of the last Women’s Cup of Nations)
CAF Best Eleven – Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/Uganda), Serge Aurier (Tottenham/Ivory Coast), Medhi Benatia (Juventus/Morocco), Eric Bailly (Manchester United/Ivory Coast), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/Senegal); Naby Keita (Liverpool/Guinea), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid/Ghana), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/Algeria); Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon), Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal).