Salah - footballer of the year in Africa

Salah - footballer of the year in Africa

Salah - footballer of the year in Africa

He won 2017 African Player of the Year in Ghana yesterday and Mane has moved to quash any talk of a rift between the two star forwards at Liverpool.

Salah, 25, beat Senegal and fellow club-mate Sadio Mane and Gabon global Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the prestigious prize to honor African men and women who have excelled and contributed to the development of football in and outside the continent.

The Egyptian had a sublime year as he led the national side to the African Cup of Nations but failed to win the competition in the final match against Cameroon.

In 29 games this season on account of Salah for 23 goals and 8 assists. "Qualifying for the World Cup after 28 years, and to have a great season with the clubs Rome and Liverpool".

"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", Salah said of his efforts. The Senegal sprinter was one of the favourites to bag the prestigious award but it was the Egyptian who named was echoed in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award. This is the first year the organisers have also allowed captains to vote for the continent's best player.

Sadio Mane has sought to rubbish reports suggesting that he does not see eye to eye with Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah.

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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).

He flopped with Gabon, though, failing to take the 2017 Cup of Nations hosts past the first round and shunning several World Cup call-ups as Gabon failed to qualify.

This comes less than a month after he earned the BBC African Player of the Year award.

"When a footballer aims for excellence, they must rise to the highest standards, irrespective of where they play".

Shortlists had been drawn up for both awards when the CAF executive committee chose to dump them, initially without offering any explanations.

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