Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year

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Fresh off his exploits at the Confederation of African Football awards where he was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 on Thursday (Jan 4), Egypt global Salah is the player on the lips of every Liverpool fan.

Salah beat 2015 victor Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane in a poll by African national team coaches.

Salah's heroics helped Egypt reach the African Nations Cup final and qualify for this year's World Cup.

He's had a stunning first half of the season at Liverpool with 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 goals in 29 games in all competitions, justifying Liverpool's decision to break the club's transfer record and pay $46.8 million to buy him from Roma in the summer.

"I think we have a good national team and we did very well in the Africa Cup [of Nations], and qualification for the World Cup we did very well", he said.

Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah was awarded, in Accra, Ghana where the CAF 2017 ceremony was held. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award.

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Head coach of the Black Stars, James Akawsi Appiah says Mohammed Salah deserves to win the CAF African players of the year award.

Argentine Egypt manager Hector Cuper was named Coach of Year and other honours went to Egypt (national team), South Africa (women's national team) and Wydad Casablanca (club).

Salah had bagged a number of awards this season such as the BCC African Footballer of the year and Arab player of the year.

In early 2017, the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah was awarded the EA Sports Player of the Month award in November.