Egypt's Salah wins African Footballer of the Year prize


The Reds duo were both in the running to win African Player of the Year last night, alongside Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Having helped the Pharaohs to a second place finish at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Salah scored the decisive goal as the North African's sealed their return to a FIFA World Cup Tournament for the first time since 1990.

"Winning this award is a dream come true, 2017 was an unbelievable year for me", Salah said after receiving the trophy. I want to dedicate this award to the kids in Egypt and Africa.

Mohamed Salah is the second Egyptian player to win this award after Mahmoud El-Khatib, who won the title in 1983.

"This award is a big award for me ... it's a special moment for me in my career".

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Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah was awarded, in Accra, Ghana where the CAF 2017 ceremony was held.

Aubameyang was Bundesliga top scorer with 31 goals last season, holding off Bayern Munich and Poland ace Robert Lewandowski.

The 24-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Serie A giants AS Roma in a £39m deal in the summer, has also netted five times in six Champions League group-stage games.

The mercurial forward is expected to return in time for Liverpool's league clash against runaway leaders Manchester City at home on Jan 14.

Although Egypt lost in the African Cup final to Cameroon at the beginning of the year, the team returned to the tournament after seven years without qualifying and made it all the way to the final.