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CAF Awards: One of many dreams came true - Mohamed Salah

08 January 2018

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 over his club teammate Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Borussia Dortmund's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Egyptian shrugged off competition from the 2016 victor Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang who plays for German side Borrusia Dortmund and Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane for the flagship award of the night.

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.

In the penultimate round of World Cup qualifying, Salah scored the brace that edged Congo Brazzaville in Alexandria, including the stoppage-time victor from a penalty that sealed a trip to Russian Federation. "I want to tell them never to stop believing and dreaming".

The Egyptian succeeds Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as holder of the most prized CAF individual award.

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Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah won the CAF player of the year award, the first such win for Egypt in 35 years. "I had wonderful moments at Roma and Liverpool", Salah remarked after receiving the award.

Under coach Jurgen Klopp, the "Fab 4" that consists of Brazil duo Roberto Firminho, Philippe Coutinho, Mane and Salah have been a challenge to the club's defence this season but their own defence needs a bit of a tuning as the Merseyside reds have paid a world record fee for a defender as they bring in Dutchman Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.

Salah will also be up against Liverpool team mate Roberto Firmino after he chipped in with 4 goals and 2 assists in December while Chelsea's Marcos Alonso is also in the running after scoring 3 times for the Blues last month.

Salah scored both goals, including the injury-time victor, in the 2-1 win over Republic of Congo in October that sealed Egypt's place at the World Cup.

We hope one day the best player will be based in Africa.

CAF Awards: One of many dreams came true - Mohamed Salah