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08 January 2018, 03:33 | Marlene Fleming
Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year for 2017
The 25 year old Salah beat his Liverpool team-mate and Senegal winger, Sadio Mane, to the coveted award.
Salah's National team coach Hector Cuper also annexed the African Coach of the year whiles the Egyptian Pharaoh's won the African National team of the Year.
In Italy, he scored 15 goals and made 11 others as he helped Roma finish second in Serie A, before joining Liverpool, where he has scored 23 goals in 29 games so far for Jurgen Klopp's side this season.
In the penultimate round of World Cup qualifying, Salah scored the brace that edged Congo Brazzaville in Alexandria, including the stoppage-time victor from a penalty that sealed a trip to Russian Federation.
"I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing". "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award. He netted the stoppage time penalty against Congo, which sent the Egyptian team to the world cup competition.
Salah succeeded Riyad Mahrez who was the recipient of the top CAF award in 2016.
The National team of the year was Egypt having finished second at the 2017 AFCON and qualifying to the biggest football competition in the World and South Africa U20 women's team was named the National Women's team of the year. "2017 was an unbelievable year for me", Salah said at the awards ceremony held at Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday. The award is also aimed at improving the development of soccer in Africa. "They are evaluated after every match and the best are designated matches like the CAF Champions League final".
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