Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Mohamed Salah wins African footballer award for second time

Mohamed Salah wins African footballer award for second time

Nonetheless, the 2018 CAF award ceremony was held in Senegal this week, with Sadio Mane too being a victor on the night.

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the 2018 African Player of The Year for the second time on the bounce.

Salah, Mane, Aubameyang, Riyadh Mahrez (Algeria), Naby Keita (Guinea), Thomas Partey (Ghana), Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast) Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and Denis Onyango (Uganda) made the list for the continent's top 11 players.

Earlier, Caf had awarded Egypt the right to host the Afcon 2019 after Cameroon were stripped off the honours.

Salah becomes the fourth footballer after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure, to win the award back to back.

Salah scored four goals in three Africa Cup of Nations qualification outings for his country in 2018 and a further 16 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool in 2018.

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After a record-breaking 44-goal season for Liverpool in 2017/18 where he won the Premier League Golden Boot and guided the Reds to the Champions League final, Salah was awarded yet another prize from the CAF for his sensational performances.

The 26-year-old was also named the Premier League Player of the Year last season.

Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club.

Salah blossomed in Rome, averaging close to a goal every two matches, and Liverpool paid nearly €41 millionn (£37 million) to sign him two years ago.

The other male awards went to France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, the Mauritania national team, and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in the youth category.

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