Mohamed Salah Scoops CAF 2017 African Player of the Year Award

Written by on January 5, 2018

Mohamed Salah Scoops CAF 2017 African Player of the Year Award

Egypt and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah has been named 2017 CAF African Player of the Year.

This is the first time the star would be winning the award after beating Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to claim it at the awards ceremony held in Accra, Ghana.

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Salah, 25, undoubtedly had a wonderful campaign with Liverpool in 2017 scoring 23 goals in 29 games after joining the Reds from AS Roma.

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On the international scene, helped Egypt to a second place finish at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, including goals against Ghana and Burkina Faso. 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.

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.

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The CAF Player of the Year award was initially pared down to a shortlist of 30. From there, Salah, Aubameyang and Mane were named the three finalists in December.

The winner of the award was selected by the current coaches and captain from every men’s national team in Africa.

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