Egypt and Liverpool star Mohammed Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year 2017 at the AITEO CAF Awards Ceremony held in Accra, Ghana Thursday night.
The 25-year old beat competition from Liverpool teammate and Senegal international Sadio Mane who finished 2nd and Gabon and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who finished 3rd.
He succeeds Leicester and Algeria star Riyad Mahrez who won the award in 2016.
Salah has had a stellar 2017 in which he helped Egypt qualify for their first World Cup in 28 years, months after leading them to the Africa Cup of Nations final which they lost narrowly to Cameroon.
He has also scored 23 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions since joining Liverpool last summer.
The former Chelsea and Roma star completes a hattrick of awards after being named BBC African Footballer of Year and Arab Player of the Year 2017.
Nana Akufo-Addo (President, Republic of Ghana)
George Weah (President-Elect, Liberia)
CAF Legends Award
Ibrahim Sunday (Ghana & Asante Kotoko)
Football Leader of the Year
Yahya Ahmed (Mauritania)
Club of the Year
Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)
Women’s National Team of the Year
Bayana Bayana (South Africa)
Coach of the Year
Hector Cuper (Egypt)
Youth Player of the Year
Patson Daka (Zambia)
Women’s Player of the Year
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
The award was hosted by Chelsea and Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba and South African female sports broadcaster Carol Tsabalala and assisted by Hollywood couple Boris Kodjoe and wife Nicole Ari Parker.
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