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Salah is 2018 best African footballer

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Egyptian forward, Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 African Player of the Year award, beating Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane to the prize.

This is his second award, having won the last edition.

He has become the fourth player after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure to win the award back to back.

The Liverpool forward, who scored two goals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup,  helped Jurgen Klopp’s men end as runners-up in the UEFA Champions League, scoring 44 goals across all competitions in the process.

Receiving the award from Geroge Weah, President of Liberia and former World footballer of the year, Salah said: “As a child l have always dreamt of a day like this and l am happy that it has come to pass.”

Other awards saw the Super Falcons of Nigeria win the female national team of the year, after clinching the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations title in South Africa and Morocco’s Herve Renard win the men’s coach of the year.

South Africa striker, Chrestinah Kgatlana dethroned Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala to win the Women player of the year award. She scored six goals in the Women’s Nations Cup for THE Bayana Bayana.

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