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Oliseh: Salah Fully Deserved His CAF Player Of The Year Award

08 January, 2018, 03:35 | Author: Rachael Silva
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While the attacker was ruled out of the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup third round as he collected his award in Ghana's capital Accra, Salah was still all smiles with his prize on a flight back to England.

The Liverpool forward enjoyed a tremendous 2017 with both club and country and now says, he wants to take over as Egypt's best ever.

"This is a big award for me, a special moment in my career". It was very hard to explain the moments. I had unbelievable moments leading Egypt to the World Cup for the first time [in] 28 years.

The 25 year old Salah beat his Liverpool team-mate and Senegal winger, Sadio Mane, to the coveted award.

The 25-year-old played a pivotal role in aiding Egypt to book a ticket to the 2018 World Cup Cup in Russian Federation after 28 years of absence and finished runners up at the last Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah's victory capped a clean sweep of the three main African football awards for Egypt. Egypt won team of the year and its manager, Hector Cuper, Africa's coach of the year.

In Salah's 60 official games in 2017 for Egypt, Roma and Liverpool, he managed 58 goal contributions - 39 goals and 19 assists. I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt.

"I think we have a good team and we did well in the African Cup and the qualification for the World cup, everybody saw that".

Salah succeeded Riyad Mahrez who was the recipient of the top CAF award in 2016. The award is also aimed at improving the development of soccer in Africa.


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