Mohamed Salah was named African player of the year for the second successive year
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Salah was voted over Reds’ teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Last year Salah edged the same two players in a vote decided by technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations. It is the third time an Egyptian player has claimed the crown, with Mahmoud El Khatib’s 1983 being the other occasion.
“This award is very big for me, I love it because I saw it when I was young and I always had a dream to win it one day,” Salah said when collecting his trophy for his 2018 exploits.
“I’m proud to win it twice, I must thank my family and my teammates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt.”
Mo has scored four times in three Africa Cup Nations for Egypt. Receiving the honour in Dakar, Senegal, Salah was also named the Africa Best XI for 2018 alongside teammates Mane, Naby Neita and Premier League rivals Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, Riyad Mahrez and Aubameyang.
Salah helped Liverpool reach the 2018 Champions league final but suffered a shoulder injury during the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid. That injury raised doubts about his World Cup participation but he was able to regain fitness and represented Egypt in the finals. He went on to score twice as they exited the first round.
The 26-year-old has scored a remarkable 44 times for Liverpool last season as the club reached the Champions League final, adding a further 16 to that tally this term as Liverpool climbed to the top of the table and favourites for the Premier League crown.