Egypt International and Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah has been crowned 2018 African Footballer of the Year, beating his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Garbon.
The 26 year old was very instrumental for Liverpool last season, as Liver pool made it to the finals of the UEFA Champions League, losing out to Real Madrid.
Salah was the shining light for Egypt in a rather disappointing 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign, scoring twice in 2 games as the Pharaohs exited at the group stages.
The award which was presented by Football legend George Oppong Manneh Weah now President of Liberia on Tuesday January 8, 19 in Dakar Sinegal makes Salah the first player to retain the crown since Yaya Toure in 2012.
Salah was voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in December.
He scored 44 goals for Liverpool during the 2017-18 season, helping the Reds to the Champions League final before scoring twice for Egypt at the World Cup in Russia.
He has scored 16 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool this season.
At the same time, South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana won the African Women’s Player of the Year, beating Nigerian duo Asisat Oshoala and Francesca Oderga.
Kgatlana top scored, and was named the best player at last year’s AWCON, leading South Africa to second place behind Nigeria.
She becomes the first South African player to win the award, breaking the dominance of Asisat, who was aiming to win it for the third straight year.
Other winners on the night were:
Nigeria – Women’s Team of the Year 2018
Achraf Hakimi – African Youth Player of the Year 2018
Mr. Fouzi Lekjaa – Tessema Award
Hervé Renard – Men’s Coach of the Year 2018
Desiree Ellis – Women’s Coach of the Year 2018
Mauritania – Men’s Team of the Year 2018
By: Emmanuel Y. Kortu