Prolific Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year 2018. For the second time in a row the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud al Khatib in 1983.
The Egyptian winger won the accolade ahead of Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reds team-mate Sadio Mane. He claimed the prize a a prestigious ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday. It is the Egypt international’s second African Player of the Year title to become the fourth African after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure to win the award back to back.
What he achieved in his first season at Anfield last year was nothing short of unbelievable from the 44-goal haul to becoming the Premier League ‘s record one-season goal scorer and clinching both the PFA and FWA Footballer of the Year awards while toppling a host of other records and securing this accolade too.
Now this award caps another incredible year for Salah who has already scored 13 Premier League goals this season and helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to open a four-point gap at the top of the table in the 2018/19 season.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 8, 2019
The feat thwarts Aubameyang’s quest to add to his haul, with the Gabon international last winning the award in 2015. The award caps yet another remarkable year for Salah, who secured boasts of 13 goals in the English Premier League to help the Reds lead the log. The 26-year-old was named the Premier League Player of the Year and ranked high in Goal 50, Fifa Best Awards and Ballon d’Or.