Mohamed Salah named 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Mohamed Salah gives Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool the match ball after scoring a hat-rick during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and Spartak Moskva at Anfield on December 6, 2017 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool and Egyptian Mohamed Salah has been named the BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.

Following a record number of votes, the 25-year-old Egyptian and Liverpool forward who is the current highest goal scorer in the English premier league beat off competition from Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses to win the award.

The 25-year-old Egypt forward beat off competition from Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Nigeria’s Victor Moses to be named the continent’s greatest player.

.@LFC’s Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.https://t.co/RXUc6UePb6 #AFOTY #LFC pic.twitter.com/Fi1Mni9RC2

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) December 11, 2017

In response to wining the award, Salah said he is very happy and thanked fans, Egyptian and Liverpool players for their support.

‘I am very happy to win this award. ‘It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.’

“I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,”

“I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”

Salah’s form at club level as been every bit as impressive as it has in internationals.

“I would like to thank my Liverpool team-mates and I also had a good season with Roma so I have to thank my team-mates there and my team-mates in the national team,” said Salah.

Source: Nigeria Today

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