Liverpool Star Mohamed Salah Wins 2017 African Player Of The Year

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Salah's teammate Sadio Mane finished second, and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who will now fly to Spain to join his team's training camp, came third in the vote.

Along with starring at club level, the 25-year-old has also been a talismanic presence for his country - with a match-winning brace in a final qualification clash with Congo carrying Egypt to the 2018 World Cup.

He has scored 24 goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season. I am very excited about the World cup and I am very sure we can make something special. "I want to dedicate this award to all the kids in Africa and Egypt and tell them never stop dreaming and never stop believing", he added. "2017 was an unbelievable year for me", Salah said at the awards ceremony held at Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday.

Another Twitter user posted:"African football is sooo corrupt man Salah is not even African he's Egyptian".

It is the first time since 1986 that stars from the north of the continent, which along with the west is the strongest football region, have won successive titles.

Will he step up on the world stage in football's most elite competition? He was the joint top scorer in the final round of WC qualifiers.

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Egypt has produced great players among others Mohamed Aboutrika, Hossam Hassan and Ahmed Mido.

Liverpool take on rivals Everton in the FA Cup this evening.

Platinum Award - George Weah (President-Elect, Liberia).

The award is traditionally voted for by the head coaches or technical directors of all Africa's national teams.

"We are happy to play together".

"Referees already have their rewards and marks of recognition".

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