DAKAR: Liverpool forward who hails from Egypt, Mohamed Salah has been named African Player of the Year for the second successive year.
The Egyptian Star held off his teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the prestigious award.
The annual award was decided by a voting panel made up of national team coaches and captains, plus a selection of officials and journalists.
Salah got the award at a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, on Tuesday evening, where he was also included in the Africa Best XI for 2018 alongside Mane and Naby Keita.
The Premier League’s Golden boy scored 44 goals in the 2017-18 campaign as he helped Liverpool reach the final of the Champions League.
He, further scored 16 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions his club has followed so far this season, while Salah also chipped in four goals for Egypt in Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
On the big night, Mohamed Salah expressed his views on receiving the award consecutively for the second time.
Salah said, ” 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.”
Further, the Egyptian concluded, “I have to thank my family, teammates, fans and everyone who played a role in my career to make this happen today.”