Egypt’s Mohamed Salah Wins Best African Player of the Year Award

Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) won Tuesday for the second year in a row the award for best African player of the year, awarded by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Dakar.

Mohamed Salah, who was the favorite, beat his Senegalese teammate Sadio Mane and another scorer in the English league, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) at the awards ceremony in the Senegalese capital.

He thus becomes the fourth player to win this trophy twice in a row, after the Senegalese El Hadji Diouf (2001, 2002), Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o (2003, 2004) and Ivorian Yaya Toure (2011, 2012) . Diouf and Eto'o attended the ceremony.

"I dedicate this prize to my country, Egypt", briefly responded the winner, before the president of the CAF, Ahmad Ahmad, and the Liberian president George Weah, himself former legendary footballer and unique African to date to have won the Golden Ball.

The prize for the best player of the year went to South African Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana, the top scorer in the 2018 Women's CAN, and also the best goal scored this year on the continent.

Morocco coach Herve Renard has been named for the third time coach of the year for a men's team.

The title of best coach for a women's team returned to Desiree Ellis, coach of South Africa, finalist of the CAN-2018 and deprived of title by Nigeria on penalties.

The title of best women's team was also awarded to Nigeria, while Mauritania was distinguished among the men's teams.

The prize for the best Federation President was presented by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to Moroccan Fouzi Lekjaa.

"It's always a pleasure to be in Africa," said Infantino, currently touring West Africa, praising "a continent that lives football passionately, with heart, with emotion."

The prize for the best young player of the year was awarded to the Moroccan side back of Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Achraf Hakimi.

Source: Seychelles News Agency