Mohamed Salah, the Egypt forward, has been awarded for the CAF African Footballer of the Year for second time consecutively, after defeating Sadio Mane his Liverpool teammate of Senegal, and the Gabonese striker of Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A voting panel decides the annual award, panel includes national team captains and coaches, and a collection of journalists and officials.
He has won the Golden Boot for the 2017 Premier League season and also for 2018 Premier League season after reaching 32 goals in 36 matches for the club to make a record for most goals in the modern league era scored by a player.
“I can’t believe it’s been a year since I was last on this stage. I’ve always said this award for me is very big. I love it, because I saw it when I was young. I had the dream to win one day. So now I’ve won it twice. I’m very proud to have won it twice,” Salah told at an event took place in Dakar, the Senegalese capital.
“I have to thank my family, teammates, fans and everyone who played a role in my career to make this happen today. I would love to dedicate this award to my country, Egypt.”
After Mahmoud Al Khatib won the award in 1983, Salah is the 2nd Egyptian who also won the award.
Salah, 26, together with Mane, also made his Liverpool side to reach the final of Champions League 2018, where the Spanish giants Real Madrid defeated them in Kiev, Ukraine, in a match where he retired injured in the first half having shoulder injury.
However, Salah, the Egyptian international, went through a very hot and dry time during World Cup 2018 in Russia with his national team.
He made twice for Egypt that couldn’t helped the team from drifting off in the group stages with 3 defeats in a row.
Salah forced to leave the national team following Egypt’s elimination, but the country wants him to lead the team to win on home soil at Africa Cup of Nations this summer, which is set to host by Egypt.
He has returned to form this season after a slow start and has scored 13 goals in the Premier League, one fewer than Aubameyang, as Liverpool bids to win its first league title in 29 years.
He has come back to build this season following a slow performance in the beginning and has scored thirteen goals in the Premier League, one or few more than Aubameyang, as Liverpool aims to win its 1st league title in twenty nine years.
Thembi Kgatlana, the South African striker, won the women’s player of the year award on Tuesday at the awards ceremony.
Kgatlana, the 22-year-old striker, was the bullet star of Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in 2018. She led her team South Africa to the final with 5 goals before defeated by perennial champions Nigeria 1-0.
Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria was winning the awards since 2 years, and Francisca Ordega also from Nigeria finished the top 3 in the category of women.
In September of a year ago, Salah was shortlisted for the lofty FIFA player of the year grant, yet he missed out to Luka Modric of Real Madrid.
In July, Salah marked another five-year contract with Liverpool presumed to be worth around £200,000 ($263,000) seven days, making him the most generously compensated player in the club’s history.