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Egypt: Mohamed Salah named 2017 CAF African footballer of the year

Egypt: Mohamed Salah named 2017 CAF African footballer of the year

The striker, who now plays for Liverpool, was awarded for his 2017 performances with Liverpool as well as the Egyptian national team, which has qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

Salah succeeded Riyad Mahrez who was the recipient of the top CAF award in 2016. "2017 was an unbelievable year for me", Salah said at the awards ceremony held at Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday. Egypt had been absent from the World Cup for 28 years. I also had a great season with Roma and now with Liverpool.

"I want to thank my family and all my teammates who supported me". This award is very important to me and my career and I want to dedicate it to all the children in Africa and in Egypt.

Along with starring at club level, the 25-year-old has also been a talismanic presence for his country - with a match-winning brace in a final qualification clash with Congo carrying Egypt to the 2018 World Cup.

Earlier, Mohammed Salah was voted the best African footballer of the year and according to the BBC.




Salah scored both goals, including the injury-time victor, in the 2-1 win over Republic of Congo in October that sealed Egypt's place at the World Cup.

Salah was then joint top-scorer in the final round of qualifiers as Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

Salah's form at club level has been every bit as impressive as it has in internationals.

Salah has had an fantastic season with Liverpool, scoring 23 goals for his team, including 17 goals in the Premier League, to be the league's top goal scorer.


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