Egypt's Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year 2017

Egypt's Mohamed Salah named African Footballer of the Year 2017

He beat team-mate Sadio Mané, also of Senegal, and future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keïta of RB Leipzig, the £48 million Guinean joining the Merseyside outfit next summer.

The five contenders for the award include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who now plays for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the Gabon national team.

"It's always a special feeling when you win something".

Just 16 games into the Premier League season, Salah leads the race for the Golden Boot with 13 goals, taking his tally to 19 in just 24 games for Liverpool, with six assists to boot. I've had a very good start here.

This is the first time Salah has been nominated for African Footballer of the Year and he becomes the first Egyptian to win it since Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008.

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"I would like to thank my Liverpool team-mates and I also had a good season with Roma so I have to thank my team-mates there and my team-mates in the national team". "The manager has helped me to settle into the team".

Salah is now the leading goal scorer in the English Premier League with 13 goals.

Salah picked up the prestigious award on Monday to further elongate Nigeria's long wait to have one of her players win the award.

He also helped his country secure a ticket to the world after nearly 20 years of absence. "It's a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him".