Salah named 2017 African player of the year

Egypt and Liverpool ace Mohammed Salah has been named African player of the year following his impressive performance on the field in 2017.

Salah, Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Borussia Dortmund's Gabon worldwide Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the contenders for African football's highest individual honour.

Salah scored 23 goals in 29 appearances for the Reds in 2017, while prior to his transfer, he hit the back of the net 10 times in 20 games for Roma that year.

Salah already has three Liverpool player of the month awards, two goal of the month awards and two Champions League player of the week awards.

"I want to be the best Egyptian player in history".

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"I think we have a good national team and we did very well in the Africa Cup and qualification for World Cup", he said before last night's ceremony. He was also instrumental to Egypt's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. "This is a big award for me, a special moment in my career".

The 25-year old, who plays for English side Liverpool picked the topmost prize at the Aiteo CAF Awards Gala 2017, held on Thursday, 4 January 2018, at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana.

The award is traditionally voted for by the head coaches or technical directors of all Africa's national teams, but this is the first year CAF allowed captains of those teams to also vote.

Egypt was voted the team of the year, with manager Hector Cuper winning Africa's coach of the year.

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