Liverpool and Egypt striker Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year for 2017 at the CAF Awards in Ghana on Thursday, January 4.
Salah, 25, has been an instant success at Liverpool since joining from AS Roma, scoring 17 goals in the Premier League already and 23 in all competitions. He also helped Egypt to qualify for this year's World Cup finals in Russia.
Salah takes home the award for the first time ever, beating Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria, coach Gernot Rohr and the Falconets, Nigeria women's
national under-20 football team all lost out at the 2017 CAF Awards.
Super Eagles of Nigeria were in the running for National Team of the Year but lost out to the Pharaohs of Egypt who had a remarkable 2017. Cameroon were also nominated.
Egypt got to the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) but lost to eventual champions Cameroon. They recovered to book a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, their first World Cup tournament since 1990.
It was only fitting for Hector Cuper, coach of the Egypt national team to win the Coach of the Year award beating Super Eagles boss Rohr.
|Oshoala with her award flanked by Governor Ambode, Amaju Pinnick and other dignitaries|
The only Nigerian win of the night was Asisat Oshoala who won the 2017 African Women’s Player of the Year award.
AWARDS OF THE NIGHT
African Player of the Year - Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
Women’s Player of the Year - Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian)
Youth Player of the Year - Patson Daka (Zambia & Liefering)
Coach of the Year - Hector Cuper (Egypt)
Club of the Year - Wydad Athletic Club
National Team of the Year - Egypt
Women’s National Team of the Year - South Africa
Legend - Ibrahim Sunday (Ghana)
Platinum Award - Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo – President of Ghana
George Weah – President-elect of Liberia & former World, Africa and European Player of the Year
Fans’ Finest XI
Goalkeeper: Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Egypt & Al Ahly), Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
Midfielders: Mohamed Ounnajem (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club), Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord), Junior Ajayi (Nigeria & Al Ahly), Achraf Bencharki (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor), Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)