Mohamed Salah Crowned African Player Of The Year For The Second Time

Ross Houston
January 9, 2019

The 26-year-old's performances throughout the year also saw him retain the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and finish sixth in the Ballon d'Or standings.

African Player of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool).

Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the three-man shortlist for the award.

Salah has carried that rich vein of form into the current campaign where his 13 goals have propelled Liverpool to the top of the Premier League, as they chase a first English title since 1990.

I'm very proud to win it twice.

Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football, as the country beat sole rivals South Africa earlier Tuesday to decide which country hosted the 2019 Cup of Nations.

Salah was born in a northern Egyptian town Nagrig and used to make eight-hour return trips on buses to train with Cairo-based El Mokawloon (Arab Contractors).

He returned to score against hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, but the Pharaohs exited their first appearance at the global showpiece in 28 years without securing even one point.

Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa beat Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala and Franseca Ordega to pick up the Women's Player of the Year gong, while the Super Falcons were named Women's National team of the Year.

Yaya Toure and Samuel Eto'o, meanwhile, remain the all-time most successful players in the continent, having won Player of the Year four times each.

That was the only award Nigeria won as Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi lost the Youth Player of the Year award to Morocco and Borussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi.

Mauritania won the men's National Team of the Year ahead of nominees Madagascar and Uganda.

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