Egypt international and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was named African Player of the Year on Tuesday at the CAF Awards held in Dakar, Senegal. This is the second consecutive time Salah wins the award, having claimed the honors in 2018 as well. He was up against his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Mohamed Salah also became the fourth player to get back to back African Player of the Year awards, after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure managed to achieve the same feat.
“I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row,” Salah said.
Mohamed Salah played phenomenally in 2018, scoring 32 goals in 2017-18 season in Premier League, which is a record since the 38-games format was instated. Salah also helped Liverpool reach the fourth spot in the national competition and propelled his team to Champions League Finale. Salah added two goals at the 2018 World Cup for his national team.
After having a slow start in 2018-19 season, Mohamed Salah bounced back in the last couple of months and has managed to score 13 goals in Premier League while adding three more in the Champions League.