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Egypt’s Salah Takes Home CAF Best Player Award

 Sadio Mane (L), Mohamed Salah (C) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang   Sadio Mane (L), Mohamed Salah (C) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was named 2017 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year at the awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana on Thursday.

Salah takes home the award for the first time ever. The other finalists included Sadio Mane from Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 25-year-old turned in a stunning campaign for Liverpool in 2017 as he scored 23 goals in 29 games after joining the English Premier League side from AS Roma, Goal.com reported.

On the international scene, he helped Egypt to second place at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, including goals against Ghana and Burkina Faso. His brace against Congo in October 2017, which included a stoppage-time penalty in a 2-1 win, helped the Pharaohs qualify for their first FIFA World Cup since 1990 to round off a sensational year.

The CAF Player of the Year award was initially pared down to a shortlist of 24. From there, Salah, Aubameyang, and Mane were named the three finalists in December.

The winner of the award was selected by the current coaches and captain from every man’s national team in Africa.

Salah’s Liverpool teammate Sane finished second in the voting; with Dortmund star Aubameyang coming in third.

At the awards ceremony, Egypt national team was announced as the best national team of the black continent for the year 2017. Argentinean coach of Egypt national team, Hector Cooper, was awarded the best manager for an African team.

Morocco, Iran’s African rival in 2018 Russia World Cup in group stage, had four players among the ‘Finest XI’ list released at the event. Mohamed Ounnajem, Karim El Ahmadi, Achraf Bencharki and Khalid Boutalib were Morocco national players in the list.

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