Egyptian Forward, Mohamed Salah has been named the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year for the first time.
Egypt and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah has been announced as the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year.
The Current EPL top scorer was voted for the gong by fans from all over the world and clinched the award ahead of other shortlisted African Stars like Borussia Dortmund and Gabon‘s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, RB Leipzig‘s and soon-to-be teammate Naby Keita, teammate and Senegal‘s talisman Sadio Mane and Nigeria and Chelsea‘s Victor Moses.
The Egyptian’s form for Serie A runners-up Roma last season, his big money move to the Merseyside with Liverpool and a blistering start to the domestic season that has seen him notch 13 goals and 2 assists so far in the EPL ensured that he beat all comers to the award.
He unseats Algeria and Leicester City forward, Riyad Mahrez to be crowned the best player in Africa by the renowned media corporation and he becomes the third Egyptian player to win the award, after Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008).
Receiving the prestigious award, Salah said: “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.
“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.”
He joins a list of illustrious African Football Stars like Abedi Pele, Jay-Jay Okocha, Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure to be honoured such.