Egyptian forward Mohammed Salah beat off competition from club teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the African Player of the Year award for the second year running.
Salah defended the crown he first won in 2017 in last night’s CAF Awards ceremony held in the Senegalese capital of Dakar.
Salah has become a global sensation in the past two years since joining Liverpool from A.S Roma. Last year, he led the club to the Champions League final and scored a whopping 32 goals in 38 English Premier League games. He also led Egypt to their first world cup qualification in 28 years, before an injury in the Champions League final scuppered his nation’s hopes in Russia.
“I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said after picking up the award.
CAF also released the list of best XI players on the continent, which featured only one Ghanaian — Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Teye Partey.