Salah can be the only victor of the CAF Award

Lawrence Cooper
January 6, 2018

Even so, following Mané's high-profile miss in last month's Merseyside derby, when the Senegal global elected to shoot rather than tee-up Salah or two other team-mates, both players faced questions about their relationship in Accra.

In what was a strong year for African Liverpool forwards, Senegalese worldwide Sadio Mane came second in the voting, with 2015 victor, Gabon and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, coming in at third place.

On Thursday it was announced that his heroics on the pitch have earned him the 2017 African player of the year award.

On the global stage he was hugely instrumental in both Egypt's Africa Cup of Nations success - the North African team made it to the final - and also World Cup qualification for the Pharaohs.

He also performed at club level - scoring 15 goals and making 11 others as Roma finished Serie A runners-up behind Juventus before starting his Liverpool career in equally impressive fashion.

Mohamed Salah

He is in contention with Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane, who also helped Senegal to the World Cup. "I want to dedicate this award to all the kids in Africa and in Egypt, and to tell them to never stop dreaming and believing".

Taking home the women's national team of the year award was South Africa's senior side.

He became the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud al-Khatib in 1983. In a clutch World Cup qualifying game against DR Congo, he scored two, including a extra-time penalty, to secure Egypt's place at the finals for the first time since 1990.

Salah left Roma to join Liverpool.

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