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Mohamed Salah named Africa’s top player

RFI | Mohamed Salah was crowned African footballer of the year on Thursday night at a lavish ceremony in Accra. The 25-year-old finished ahead of Liverpool teammate Sadio Mané and Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng.

Salah is the first Egyptian to win the Confederation of African football’s most prestigious individual accolade since Mahmoud al Khatib in 1983.

“Winning this award is a dream come true,” he said after collecting the trophy. “2017 was an unbelievable year for me I had a fantastic time with the national team. This is a big award for me, a special moment in my career. I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt. I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing.”

Since his 39 million euro move from Roma to Liverpool last summer, Salah has scored 23 goals in 29 matches in all competitions this season for the English Premier League outfit.

He also starred for Egypt, who finished runners-up to Cameroon at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and he was an integral part of the team that secured a first World Cup appearance since 1990. Egypt won the team of the year award for the twin exploits.

Unsurprisingly, the Egypt boss, Hector Cuper, was named coach of year. In other categories, Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria was voted the women’s footballer of the year and Patson Daka from Zambia was hailed as the youth player of the year.

South Africa claimed the prize as the best women’s national team and Wydad Casablanca were voted club of the year.

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  1. African player of the year award with no trophy to show for his ”performance” in 2017 both at collective and individual level.Not even highest goal scorer during his spell at Roma,nor league title at Roma,nor even Italian cup.No AFCON trophy for his country,Egypt in which he participated in the team.Not even highest goal scorer during AFCON,nor best player during AFCON.And just from no where,he is African player of the year becos he has scored 23 goals in 29 matches for Liverpool, in a season that is still ongoing.CAF should tell us the criteria they use before nominating players for the award of ”best player”.Is it becos he now plays in a mediatise league in a team,Liverpool that is there to animate the premier league?becos,Liverpool is not even dreaming of winning the league.

    • Kongosa,

      the new CAF presi is out to punish Hayatou…

    • sorry
      he deserves it
      he is the African player from 2 years ago till now . even if he dd not win any trophy
      also he remains one of the best in Europe presently

      • So why did Messi not win the Ballon D’or over Ronaldo who won so many trophies but played almost nothing to win them? This CAF is starting on a corrupt footing as Moses and Abubakar stood a better chance than Sallah. No doubt African football is on a downward spiral.

        • Kongossa ‘n AG, wait till u see CAF’s best eleven of 2017. I tire this Ahmed man. The guy is really kissing the toes of these Arabic pple.

  2. @unitypalace ”sorry he deserves it he is the African player from 2 years ago till now” are u serious? Are u saying that he deserved to win the CAF player of the year award in 2016 infront of Riyad Mahrez who was magnificient for leicester city to win the premier league?

    ”even if he dd not win any trophy also he remains one of the best in Europe presently” Thank God u said he is one of the best.Which means he is not the best. I was expecting u to say that he is the best and give us his statistics…lol….

  3. It is the time of friends and brothers of the new CAF President. Only an Arab country is going to win the 2019 AFCON

  4. As long as the trophy did not go to an ambaZombians and/or a Biafran, I’m cool…
    Come to think about it, cockroaches can’t play soccer…lol

  5. Make wuna dey stop wuna dullness we won the CAN out of luck so make man no talk say none of our player make African best XI our best player on that team doesn’t even get game time seville B. Aboubakar way wuna dey make noise the guy cudnt get a starting place in the squad during the CAN cuz of his unpredictability 20 chances to score 1 goal man thank god he’s improving

    • And Victor Moses won the EPL, sank Cameroon and took Nigeria to the World Cup. Wanna continue..?

  6. No country have ever been awarded a trophy for qualifying in world cup or nations cup.As a matter of fact,they don’t award trophies for qualifying to go and play a competition.It is not only Nigeria that qualified for world cup.Five countries did.It is not only Victor Moses that qualified.Mane qualified,Salah qualified,e.t.c.But,there is only one country that won AFCON 2017.And that is,Cameroon.So,AFCON trophy won in 2017 is given precedence over world cup qualification that is supposed to be played in 2018. They only award trophy when u win a competition,not when u qualify.Cameroon won a competition in 2017.That is,AFCON.Nigeria did not win any competition in 2017.

  7. Abou did not only win the AFCON,he won the league with Besiktas.For some of u who have been down looking on Besiktas becos it is a team from a ”substandard league”,let me remind u guys.Besiktas just thrashed Leipzig that emerge 2nd in the bundesliga which is a team in a ”first class” league in Europe.As a matter of fact,Besiktas thrashed Leipzig, home and away in the current champions league to qualify for the knock out stages.Abou,with his current team Porto,has scored 24 goals in 27 matches in all competition.And his team,Porto,have also thrashed that same Leipzig which is a team in a ”first class” league,to qualify for second round in the champions league.There is just no way u can justify that Abou should not win this award.

  8. According to the UEFA rules,the first 3 teams from Germany England and Spain qualifies direct to the CL.But for Portugal,it is the first two teams that gains direct qualification,same with France.The Liverpool u a blabbing here that Salah plays for,did not even emerge amongst the 1st three teams in England to gain direct qualification to the CL.And this year,they are not even sure of making the fourth.It sounds like,u will say that Salah is a better player than Cavani ,becos Salah is playing in a mid table team in a ”first class” league and Cavani in a top table team in a second ”class league”. Just test PSG vs Liverpool and see if PSG will not beat the living daylight out of Liverpool.PSG’s class is Man City.That is why the best test is the CL not,”first class” league bla bla bla

  9. In 2003,Eto won the African player of the year award infront of Okocha,becos Eto won Spanish cup with Mallorca and Okocha won nothing with Bolton wanderers.In 2005,Eto failed to qualify for world cup 2006.Drogba qualified Ivory coast for that world cup 2006.And Eto won African player of the year 2005 because he had earlier won the league with Barcelona and he was still very performant with his club Barcelona.Eto was not awarded this trophies becos he was top goal scorer in both occasions.Even at Inter Milan,Eto did not win African player of the year award becos he was top scorer in Italy.He won becos he won trophies with his club.Go and check,no confederation in our time,in their right senses will award ballon d’or to a player who won nothing with either his club or country.

    • KONGOSA… ahahahhha! here we go again with false analysis. I will not go far African Player of the Year: 2008 was Sheyi Emmanuel Adebayor, he won nothing that year club Neither with a club or national team but that didn’t stop him to be crown best African player of the year 2008. Please, stop this your whining, whining, whining. You need to chill out, Salah deserves it, period.

  10. The President of CAF is an Arab no doubt.

  11. Mo Salah also won BBC African player of the year, do the Arabs also run the BBC? Aubamayeng won Player of the year in 2015 coming in 2nd in the Bundesliga . Eto did not win because Barcelona won nor Drogba because Chelsea won. Those dudes won because they mad incredible individual seasons. Mo Salah is having or has had the best season as an African soccer player. Dude at one point was averaging a goal a game, that’s insane.

  12. Congratulations Moh Salah. Well Deserved Award. Football is a Team sports. Individual awards has nothing to do with collective success. Look at his performances holistically. Helped Egypt to African nations cupe finales, helped qualify Egypt for World cup for the first time after 3 decades and even stellar performances at his two clubs

  13. Roma
    On 6 August 2015, Salah joined Roma on a season-long loan for €5 million;[44] with the option to make the deal permanent,[44][45] for a reported €15 million.[46] He made his debut on 22 August, as the new season began with a 1–1 draw at Hellas Verona.[47] On September 11 2015, ACF Fiorentina filed a complaint to FIFA with the claim that Chelsea alleging breach of contract when they allowed Salah to join Roma on loan.[48]

    On 20 September 2015, Salah scored his first goal of the season against Sassuolo to help Roma salvage a point as the match ended in a 2–2 draw.[49] He went on to score in his following two matches, 2–1 loss against Sampdoria[50] and 5–1 win against Carpi.[51] On 25 October 2015, Salah returned to Artemio Franchi stadium, scoring the opener against his former Serie A

  14. Liverpool
    On 22 June 2017, Salah agreed a transfer to Liverpool. He signed a long-term contract with the Reds for an initial €42m fee that could rise to up to €50m.[56] The fee was a club record, eclipsing the £35m spent on Andy Carroll in 2011.[57] He was assigned the number 11 shirt previously worn by Roberto Firmino who instead switched to number 9. He joined the club on 1 July upon the opening of the summer transfer window, becoming Liverpool’s first Egyptian player.[58] He scored on his debut against Watford in a 3–3 draw on 12 August.[59] On 24 August, Salah scored his second goal for Liverpool, in a 2017–18 UEFA Champions League play-off round 4–2 win (6–3 agg) against Hoffenheim. Three days later, Salah scored and assisted a goal in an 4–0 victory over Arsenal.[60] For his performa

  15. Individual Awards
    UAFA Golden Boy: 2012
    CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year: 2012[4]
    SAFP Golden Player – Swiss Golden Player Award for best player in the Swiss Super League: 2013[119]
    El Heddaf Arab Footballer of the Year: 2013, 2017
    FIFA World Cup qualification top goalscorer: 2014 (Shared with Mohamed Aboutrika and Asamoah Gyan)[120], 2018 (Shared with Préjuce Nakoulma)
    Roma Player of the Season: 2015–16[121]
    Globe Soccer Awards Best Arab Player of the Year: 2016[122]
    CAF Team of the Year: 2016[123], 2017
    CAF Africa Cup of Nations Team of the Tournament: 2017[70]
    BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2017[124]
    Premier League Player of the Month: November 2017[125]
    Arab Player of the Year: 2017[126]
    CAF African Footballer of the Year: 2017[127]

  16. @Bueapickin Aubameyang was the German supercup winner in 2015.Go and verify…

    ”Mo Salah is having or has had the best season as an African soccer player”. Ha ha ha ha…The best season? are u serious? with no trophy for club or country?

    • @ KONGOSA
      I though Dortmund won the Supercup in 2014 and not 2015? I might be wrong. But your rational is the player just has to be on a team that won and less about the individuals performance ? On Salah, which over African player in the globe is having a better season?

  17. @Bueapickin For your information BBC players awards are reserved for players playing in England.Eto have never won this award.Okocha won it.Drogba have won it many times and Yaya Toure.

    • I’m aware, my bigger point was to the person who alluded to the fact that Salah won because of his and the Caf presidents Arab heritage

  18. Oh this guy is good He plays for Liverpool..I never knew he is an ARAB from Egypt..
    I personally will prefer an african south from the Sahara considering the fact that ARABS are not africans..

    If you look at the treatment they give us in Libya, there is no reason to wish to see them win any tournament or trophy in Africa..
    I know its Kinky but just my thought…

  19. Why are you guys taking your frustration on the new CAF president? Is he the want voting? Salah deserves it, period.