Mohamed Salah wins 2017 African Player of the Year award

06 January, 2018, 00:49 | Author: Nora May
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Patson Daka, who played an integral role in getting Zambia to the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup quarter-finals at Korea Republic 2017, won the youth player of the year award.

Mohamed Salah who has already been named the 2017 BBC African player of the year beat his competitions by a great margin to become the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud El Khatib in 1983.

He also scored three goals in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) helping Egypt to reach the final where they lost to champions Cameroon.

The Egyptian global has made a phenomenal start to his Liverpool career since signing in a £36.9m deal from Roma in the summer, scoring 23 goals in 29 games in all competitions as Jurgen Klopp's side qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League and stayed very much in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League.

He is in contention with Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane, who also helped Senegal to the World Cup.

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"This is a dream come true for me. 2017 was an unbelievable year for me", said Salah, who is the first Egyptian to win the continental award. Liverpool play local rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round at on Friday (January 5).

Egypt's Argentine manager Hector Cuper has been named Coach of the Year while other honours have gone to Egypt (national team), South Africa (women's national team) and Wydad Casablanca (club).

In an interview with the press after the 2017 AITEO CAF Awards at the International Conference Center in Accra, the former Asante Kotoko and Al Khartoum gaffer highlighted the vital roles the former Chelsea and AS Roma player played in the team's qualification to the 2018 World Cup.

Salah left Roma to join Liverpool.

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