CAF African Footballer Of The Year Announced

CAF African Footballer Of The Year Announced

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are in Ghana for the CAF Awards where the Egyptian will be named the CAF African Player of the Year after his outstanding performances for AS Roma, Liverpool, and the Egypt National team.

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 23 goals and eight assists across 29 games for Liverpool since he arrived from AS Roma this past summer transfer window.

Although Egypt lost in the African Cup final to Cameroon at the beginning of the year, the team returned to the tournament after seven years without qualifying and made it all the way to the final.

Salah's feat was the climax of a memorable evening for Egyptian football which saw the Pharaohs being named National Team of the Year and Argentina-born trainer, Hector Cuper, Coach of the Year.

Salah, 25, is expected to win the award for his contributions this season on both the club and worldwide level.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper, who will lead the Pharaohs at Russian Federation 2018 this summer, took home the coach of the year award, while his team also won the team of the year award.

He said: "If I can win this award twice, three, four times and even 20 times, I want to win it".

"I am so happy to be here and to make sure I win the African player of the year award for my country, Egypt", says Salah.

He was the hero for Egypt as they qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the first since 1990; Salah scored five goals in the qualifying series. Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, and then-Arsenal player Emmanuel Adebayor also picked up the award in 2009 and 2008, respectively.

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