2017 was an unbelievable year for me - Salah

Ruben Hill
January 5, 2018

"I am working hard every day and improving myself", Salah told a presser in Accra ahead of the ceremony for the CAF awards 2017.

Salah's efforts in helping Egypt qualify for their first FIFA World Cup™ since 1990 and his sensational start with new club Liverpool in the English Premier League were crucial factors in him receiving the award.

Egypt's Mohamed Salah and Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala were named as the top players in Africa at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Accra, Ghana, on Thursday.

Salah guided the Egyptian national team to their first World Cup in 28 years, after scoring five goals in six games, and ended in the second place of the 2017 African Cup of Nations after falling to Cameroon in the final.

"It is a privilege to have been crowned the best player in Africa and winning this award is a dream come true".

The African Player of the Year award, featuring Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Egypt's Mohamed Salah, is set to be announced at 21:00 CLT.

Arab fans' hearts will be with Salah to win the 10th CAF Player of the Year Award. I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt. "This is a big award for me, a special moment in my career".

The winger was also in remarkable touch for his country, scoring five goals in 10 matches to help his nation qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

On his relationship with teammate, Sadio Mane, the 25-year-old stated, "Since the first day I joined Liverpool, and my relationship with Sadio was very good".

Should the 25 year old emerge victor in Ghana, he would have become the second Senegalese to clinch the award after Hadji Diouf who won the award back to back in 2001 and 2002.

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