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Egypt star Salah crowned African Footballer of the Year - FCNaija

Africa Focus By: Collins Udeme | 04/01/2018

Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has been crowned the best player in Africa following Thursday's award ceremony held in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

From 1992 to 2016, from Ghana’s Abedi Pele to Algerian Riyad Mahrez, 16 players have laid claim to the most prestigious individual honour in African football.

Salah fended off opposition from club-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, winner in 2015, to become the first Egyptian to win the most prestigious individual honour in African football.

He polled 625 points, against 507 from Mane whilst Aubameyang finished a distant third with 311 points.

The feat capped a superb year for the forward who played an influential role for both club and country during the year under review.

Salah’s feat was the climax of a memorable evening for Egyptian football which saw the Pharaohs being named National Team of the Year and Argentina-born trainer, Hector Cuper, Coach of the Year.

Nigerian Asisat Oshoala was adjudged Women’s Player of the Year for the third time, after 2014 and 2016. She beat Cameroonian Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene and Chrestina Kgatlana of South Africa to the top prize.
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