Salah Named African Footballer of the Year for 2nd Time

Salah Named African Footballer of the Year for 2nd Time

Wednesday, 9 January, 2019 - 09:30
Mohamed Salah is named African Footballer of the Year for the second year in a row. (Reuters)
Asharq Al-Awsat
Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was named Tuesday African Footballer of the Year for the second year in a row.

He beat fellow Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane, of Senegal, and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, of Gabon, for the prize.

He received the trophy during the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony held in Dakar.

Salah edged the same two players last year in a vote decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations.

“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.

“I’m proud to win it twice, I must thank my family and my teammates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt.”

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

That injury raised doubts about the 26-year-old’s participation for Egypt at the World Cup but he regained fitness in time to represent his country at the finals in Russia, scoring twice as they exited in the first round.

He has continued his prolific form for Liverpool, scoring 13 Premier League goals this season to guide the club to the top spot.

On Monday, he was named the PFA Player of the Month for December, the fifth time he wins the accolade since joining Liverpool in 2017.

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