Mohamed Salah is 2017 African player of the year

Mohamed Salah is 2017 African player of the year

- Egypt international Mohamed Salah has been named 2017 Caf African Player of the Year award

- Salah takes home the award for the first time ever

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday named Egypt star Mohamed Salah as the 2017 African Player of the Year.

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He beat off competition from fellow finalists Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the awards ceremony in Accra.

The 25-year-old turned in a stunning campaign for Liverpool in 2017 as he scored 17 goals in 21 games after joining the English Premier League side from AS Roma.

Sallah was also named BBC Player of the Year last month.

Salah played a key role in Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, where they reached the finals. In addition, he was the joint-top scorer - five goals - in the 2018 African World Cup Qualifiers, guiding Egypt to their first FIFA World Cup since 1990; scoring a 94th minute penalty against Congo to win the match and send Egypt to Russia next summer.

In total, Salah netted 39 goals in 60 official games he played for both clubs and country in 2017.

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