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Decorated Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah wins African player of the year award

08 January, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Glenda Knight
  • Mohamed Salah to kids in Africa: Never stop dreaming

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has dedicated his 2017 CAF Player of the Year award to kids in Africa and Egypt, urging them to keep dreaming.

Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came third.

Salah was a joint-top scorer in the 2018 African World Cup Qualifiers after guiding Egypt to their first FIFA World Cup since 1990.

With Liverpool, he has scored as many as 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 in 29 in all competitions.

Mohamed Salah waves to the fans after Egypt qualify for the World Cup.

Salah dedicated the award to the children of Africa and Egypt, urging them to follow their dreams and belief. I had a fantastic time, with the national team and the team, it was an unbelievable moment.

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Salah received the price at an award ceremony held at the Confederation of African Football in Accra, Ghana.

Salah is the first Egyptian and third North African - after last year's Algerian victor Ryad Mahrez, and Morocco's Mustapha Hadji in 1998 - to win the prestigious individual honour since its inception by CAF in 1992.

"I think we have a good team and we did well in the African Cup and the qualification for the World cup, everybody saw that".

This comes less than a month after he earned the BBC African Player of the Year award.

Mane has failed to match the performances he showed last season.

Following an eye-catching year for both club and country, the former Chelsea attacker now hopes to one day go down as Egypt's best ever.

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