Liverpool's Mohamed Salah Wins 2018 CAF African Player of the Year Award

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Nonetheless, the 2018 CAF award ceremony was held in Senegal this week, with Sadio Mane too being a victor on the night.

Mohamed Salah has emerged as the African Player of the Year 2018.

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita all picked up honours at the Confederation of African Football awards for 2018, in Dakar on Tuesday night.

He was joined onstage by Reds teammate Sadio Mane at the awards ceremony.

From leading Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990, to reaching the Champions League final in May, to breaking the Premier League's seasonal goalscoring record in his debut campaign for Liverpool, it was quite a year.

It was a good day for Egyptian football all round, with Egypt being awarded the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club.

That injury raised doubts about his World Cup participation but he regained fitness to represent Egypt in the finals in Russian Federation, scoring twice as they exited in the first round.

He became the first player to do so after Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure, who claimed it four years in a row between 2011 and 2014.

No Nigerian player was named in the team of the year as the likes of William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa and Iheanacho were also ignored by CAF.

The 26-year-old was named the Premier League Player of the Year and ranked high in Goal 50, Fifa Best Awards and Ballon d'Or.

Men's National Team of the Year: Madagascar, Mauritania, Uganda. Kgatlana also took the Goal of the Year award.

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