CAF AWARDS 2018: African football player of the year is….

The 2018 CAF Awards held on Tuesday, January 8 in the Senegalese capital of Dakar. The highlight of the award was Mohammed Salah taking home the biggest individual prize of African football, the African Player of the Year award. 

The 26-year-old Egyptian, who plays for Liverpool FC in the English Premier League, has now won the award for the second time.

The 26-year-old Liverpool star finished first before Sadio Mane and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists.

"I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row. My thanks goes to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt." Salah said soon after receiving his trophy in Dakar.

It was an identical outcome to last year when Salah became only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to be voted the best African footballer.

Egypt crushed sole rivals South Africa 16-1 earlier on Tuesday in a CAF executive committee vote in Dakar to decide which country succeeded Cameroon as 2019 Cup of Nations Host. Delays to preparations and concerns about security resulted in the central African nation being replaced as hosts, and they will stage the 2021 tournament instead.

Salah netted 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season -- his first with the Anfield club -- and has bagged 13 Premier League goals so far this season.

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David Fouda

Reporter pigiste 100% Jeune, étudiant à l'Université de Yaoundé 2, passionné de la musique