Mohamed Salah named best African Football Player of Year
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has won the African Footballer of the Year award for the second year in succession.
Mohamed Salah helped Liverpool reach the 2018 Champions League final but suffered a shoulder injury at the hands of Sergio Ramos during the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev, The Guardian reported.
That injury raised doubts about the 26-year-old’s participation for Egypt at the World Cup but he regained fitness in time to represent his country at the finals in Russia, scoring twice as they exited in the first round.
Salah has scored 13 Premier League goals this season to guide Liverpool to top spot.
Salah beat his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who play for Senegal and Gabon respectively, to the prize.
He edged the same two players last year in a vote which is decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations.
Aubameyang has finished in the top three on five occasions, winning once in 2015.
It was a good day for Egyptian football all round, with Egypt being awarded the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Cameroon was scheduled to host this summer's tournament but it was stripped of the honor in November due to slow preparations.
Egypt comfortably beat South Africa, the only other team to bid, in a vote.101/210