It is a proud moment for Egypt National Football Team and Liverpool football club as Egypt forward Mohamed Salah is named the CAF African player of the year for the year 2017. The 25-year-old beats Senegalese’s Sadio Mane to win the African player of the year. Salah scored the goal that secured his country a place at this year’s World Cup. He is in a great form since signing for the Reds.
Salah has scored 23 goals for Liverpool already this season following his summer move from Roma. He is the second top scorer in the Premier League behind Tottenham’s Harry Kane. With this win, Salah joins the list of players such as Didier Drogba, Roger Milla, George Weah and Yaya Toure.
Mohamed Salah polled 625 points following Sadio Mane with 507 votes from the voting panel made up of national team captains and coaches with a selection of officials and journalists. He was announced a clear winner of the award at the glitzy gala dinner on Thursday night by the Confederation of African Football.
Salah also becomes the second Egyptian player to win the gong after Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1993. Salah said at the Confederation of African Football awards that “This is a dream come true for me. 2017 was an unbelievable year with the Egypt national team and my clubs”. He also added that “To qualify for the World Cup after 28 years and to have a great season at Roma and Liverpool were special moments in my career”.
Here are few handpicked Twitter reactions from Football and Mohamed Salah fans around the world:
Makarella DailyNews: Mohamed Salah is 2017 CAF African Footballer, Whil… https://t.co/xYjTIwzTJo
— Makarellablog (@makarellablog) January 5, 2018
— Meriem Ahmed. (@Meriemahmed19) January 5, 2018
— Anjit joshi (@ynwa_boy8) January 5, 2018
— NickCavell BBCAfrica (@BBC_NickCavell) January 5, 2018
Just in Liverpool @22mosalah has won
3x Liverpool Player of d Month
4x Liverpool Goal of d Month
2x UCL Player of d Week
1x Premier League Player of d Month
BBC African Footballer of d Year
Arab Player of the Year
CAF African Player of d Year#CafAwards 🙌
— Mr.┏̲O̶̲̅┓̲P ┏̲A̶̲̅┓ (@ogbeni_opa) January 4, 2018
Egypt & Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was crowned CAF Player of the Year while Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala won the Women’s Player of the Year award. #SSFootball
— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) January 4, 2018
Best coach in africa : Hector cooper
Best national team : Egypt 🇪🇬
Best player in africa : Mohamed Salah
THIS IS EGYPT❤️❤️❤️❤️🇪🇬🇪🇬
— Sergio's Girl⚽️ (@Salmatamerz) January 4, 2018
Congratulations @22mosalah. An #Egyptian role model who honours and represents us before the eyes of the World. I also congratulate Egypt’s national team and Héctor Cúper… waiting for you at #Russia2018 #CAFAwards2017 @CAF_Online @FIFAcom
— Egypt MFA Spokesman (@MfaEgypt) January 4, 2018