Liverpool Star Salah wins Africa Footballer of the year

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah

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The second phase of the voting process saw head coaches and captains of the national Associations affiliated to CAF making their choices together with Independent Media and TV consultants during an awards ceremony held in Accra, Ghana this past Thursday.

In early 2017, the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah scored both goals, including the injury-time victor, in the 2-1 win over Republic of Congo in October that sealed Egypt's place at the World Cup.

Salah first half of past year spent at Roma, where he became Vice-champion of Serie A and reached the final the Cup of Italy.

Since joining Liverpool last summer from Roma, Salah has bagged 22 goals for the Reds in just 29 appearances, five of them coming in the UEFA Champions League and 17 in the English Premier League.

Salah made two assists and scored five goals, including the stoppage-time penalty against Congo that sealed their ticket to the event in Russian Federation, which is due to be held later this year.

He became the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud al-Khatib in 1983.

Women's Player of the Year - Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria).

National coaches, Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials, journalists and the public were involved in the voting.

Salah, 25, had a memorable year, first as part of the Egypt team that made the Africa Cup of Nations final in February.

"I am very happy and excited for the World Cup and I'm sure we will do something special".

The event was graced by the President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, who pledged his support for the development of football on the continent.

Football Leader of the Year - Yahya Ahmed (Mauritania).

Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca, victor of the 2017 African Champions League, was named Club of the year.

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