Mohamed Salah Crowned African Player Of The Year For The Second Time

Lynette Rowe
January 9, 2019

The Liverpool star beat team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the gong.

He edged the same two players previous year in a vote which is decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations.

"I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row", Salah said soon after receiving his trophy in Dakar.

Salah was crowned during the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards held in Dakar - Senegal on Tuesday night.

With the win, the Liverpool superstar retains the award he won previous year to become the first North African to win the prestigious diadem back-to-back.

Salah helped Liverpool reach the 2018 Champions League final but suffered a shoulder injury during the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev.

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He returned to score against hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, but the Pharaohs exited their first appearance at the global showpiece in 28 years without securing even one point.

Nigeria was a big loser in the awards as South Africa's Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana dethroned Asisat Oshoala as Africa's Women's Player of the Year, just as Desiree Ellis beat Thomas Dennerby to the Women's Coach of the Year.

Salah has been breaking records left, right and centre since joining the Reds ahead of the 2017/18 season, finishing the Premier League campaign on 32 goals, which earned him the Premier League Golden Boot.

It is the third time an Egyptian player has claimed the crown, with Mahmoud El Khatib's 1983 victory being the other occasion.

After accepting his award, the 26-year-old striker looked shocked as the event organisers in Senegal brought up a live band to lay.

Men's National Team of the Year: Madagascar, Mauritania, Uganda.

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