Mohamed Salah wins 2018 CAF African Player of the Year for the second time in a row

Mohamed Salah has been named CAF African
Player of the Year for the second successive
year.
The Liverpool forward held off competition
from teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to land the
award. A poll of CAF’s national teams’ head
coaches and technical directors, members of
the governing body’s technical and
development committee and a panel of media
experts selected Salah as the continent’s
outstanding footballer in 2018.
The Egyptian received the accolade at a
ceremony in Dakar, Senegal, on Tuesday
evening, where he was also included in the
Africa Best XI for 2018 alongside Mane and
Naby Keita. He scored 44 times during a
2017-18 campaign in which he helped his club
reach the Champions League final, before then
netting twice at last summer’s World Cup.
A further 16 goals in 29 appearances across
all competitions for Liverpool have followed so
far this season, while Salah also contributed
four goals in three Africa Cup of Nations
qualification outings for his country in 2018.
The 26-year-old’s performances throughout
the year also saw him retain the BBC African
Footballer of the Year prize and finish sixth in
the Ballon d’Or standings.

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