Mohamed Salah definitely had a great 2017 and he’s stepping into the new year in grand style. Last year saw him secure a first World Cup ticket since 1990 for his country, Egypt. He also helped them finish second in the last Africa Cup of Nations tournament. In the Premier League, he has scored 23 goals this season proving Liverpool’s £36.9m investment on him wasn’t a waste, and finally, he clinched the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
2018 is yet to unpack its bag and he’s already showing us that his shine didn’t stop in 2017. After winning the Arab Player of the Year earlier this week, Salah has been named the 2017 African Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), making him the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al-Khatib in 1983.
“Winning this award is a dream come true. 2017was an unbelievable year for me. I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt. I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing,” Salah said after receiving the award.
In a 24-man list that was trimmed to three for voting by national coaches, CAF officials, journalists and the public, the 25-year-old footballer beat his Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane Senegal (who came second) and Gabon’s striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who went with the third position.
Speaking about Mane, Salah suggested the Senegalese is on course to win the Player of the Year Award himself in the future.
See a clip of the event held in Ghana Thursday