Mo Salah wins the 2017 African best player award

Jan 06, 2018, 00:49
Mo Salah wins the 2017 African best player award

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

Club team-mate and Senegal worldwide Sadio Mane came second, with Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang third, the Confederation of African Football announced at its gala dinner on Thursday night.

The bigwigs of African football will come together in Accra, Ghana on Thursday to crown the best African footballer of 2017, and there can be no other victor than the Egyptian, Mohammed Salah.

Mohamed Salah impressive 2017 ensured he had a total of 700 votes while second place Saido Mane had 100 votes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had just 70 votes.

Salah scored 23 goals in 29 appearances for the Reds in 2017, while prior to his transfer, he hit the back of the net 10 times in 20 games for Roma that year.

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Mane finished second on 507 with Aubameyang third on 311. "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". "2017 was an unbelievable year for me", said Salah, who is the first Egyptian to win the continental award.

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

Salah scored 38 goals in 2017 for clubs and country - a huge total for an inverted winger cum forward.

Salah left Roma to join Liverpool.