Liverpool and Egyptian player Mohammed Salah has won the African Player of the Year 2017 at a colourful ceremony held at State House Banquet Hall in Accra Ghana. The Pharaoh beat fellow club player and Senegalese Sadio Mane and Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who finished in second and third place respectively.
Salah, 25, collected 625 points, Sadio 507 while Aubameyang managed 311 votes. In his acceptance speech, he termed the victory as a dream come true. ‘This is a dream come true for me. 2017 was an unbelievable year with the Egypt national team and my clubs,’ he said shortly after winning the award.
Other winners of the night included Egyptian manager Hector Cooper as the Best Coach of the Year, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala as the female player of the year, Zambia’s Patson Daka as the Young Player, Ghana’s Ibrahim Sunday who won the CAF Legends Award, Mauritania’s Ahmed Yahya who won the Leader of the Year as well as Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo and George Weah the newly elected president of Liberia as Platinum Award winners.
Others included Egypt’s The Pharaohs that was crowned The National Team of the Year, South Africa as the Women’s National Team of the Year and Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club as the Club of the Year.