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Egypt's Salah voted African Player of the Year

08 January, 2018, 03:34 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • 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.

Salah's Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane, of Senegal, was runner-up and 2015 victor, Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang third after a 30-player list had been trimmed to three.

The 25-year-old has a fantastic opportunity to etch his name into Egyptian football history this summer at the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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He also guided Egypt to book a place at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, scoring a 94th minute penalty against Congo to win the match and send the Pharaohs to Russian Federation. I had a fantastic time, with the national team and the team, it was an unbelievable moment. The awards ceremony took place on Thursday in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. This is the first year the organisers have also allowed captains to vote for the continent's best player.

Salah will miss the game through a groin injury, but Mane could well play.

He did stand out for Senegal, however, as they secured a first World Cup appearance since 2002, providing much of the creativity in a team stacked with physically formidable footballers.

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RedBull Salzburg of Austria and Zambia forward Patson Daka, 19, won the young player award after enjoying a breakout season for loan club FC Liefering and country.

Egypt was voted the team of the year, with manager Hector Cuper winning Africa's coach of the year.

The National team of the year was Egypt having finished second at the 2017 AFCON and qualifying to the biggest football competition in the World and South Africa U20 women's team was named the National Women's team of the year.

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