Salah can be the only victor of the CAF Award

Arnold Nichols
January 6, 2018

Egypt winger, Mohammed Salah, has been named CAF Footballer of the Year.

Salah, 25, beat Senegal and fellow club-mate Sadio Mane and Gabon global Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the prestigious prize to honor African men and women who have excelled and contributed to the development of football in and outside the continent.

Who has it better, on a individual level, in world football than Mohamed Salah right now?

Salah has assisted Mané four times in the Premier League this season, with only Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta providing more goals as a combination in the top flight. Liverpool play local rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round at on Friday (January 5).

"This is a dream come true for me".

"2017 was an unbelievable year for me with national team and my clubs. To qualify to the World Cup after 28 years and to have a great season at Roma and Liverpool were special moments in my career", Salah said.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper, who will lead the Pharaohs at Russian Federation 2018 this summer, took home the coach of the year award, while his team also won the team of the year award. Salah's victory capped a clean sweep of the three main African football awards for Egypt.

In an interview with the press after the 2017 AITEO CAF Awards at the International Conference Center in Accra, the former Asante Kotoko and Al Khartoum gaffer highlighted the vital roles the former Chelsea and AS Roma player played in the team's qualification to the 2018 World Cup. They won team of the year and their manager, Hector Cuper, Africa's coach of the year.

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