Egyptian wing wizard Mohammed Salah has been crowned CAF African Player of the year at a beautiful night of glitz and glamour in Accra. The 25-year-old Liverpool forward emerged as worthy winner of Africa’s topmost individual football honour, beating out his Senegalese teammate Sadio Mane and Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Sallah has enjoyed a phenomenal year at both club and international level. He was a key part of the Roma team that finished second in Italy’s Serie A before securing a big money transfer to English powerhouses Liverpool FC. His start to life in the English top flight has been hugely impressive, with his stellar performances earning him a host of individual awards already this year including the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
On the international stage, he played a starring role as the Pharaohs of Egypt narrowly missed out on winning the 2017 African Nations Cup in Gabon. He is also credited with spearheading the Pharaoh’s impressive qualification march to the FIFA World Cup, Russia 2018.
The winner of the award was selected by the current coaches and captains for every national team in Africa.
Other big winners at the well organized and heavily attended awards night included Nigerian Asisat Oshoala, who was adjudged the Women’s player of the year, Zambia’s Patson Daka, winner of the Best Young Player award, and Former Ghana player Ibrahim Sunday, who was decorated with the enviable Legends award.
The PFAG continues to share in the assertion that the central figures in our beautiful game are the players themselves; and as such hugely supports all events tailored towards recognizing their efforts and exploits. We wish to extend our congratulations to all award winners on the night, and wish them well for an even better year ahead.