Mohamed Salah wins CAF Player of the Year

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah

Salah's team mate Sadio Mane finished second, while third place went to Gabon striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who also plays in the German Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund.

Salah was a joint-top scorer in the 2018 African World Cup Qualifiers after guiding Egypt to their first FIFA World Cup since 1990.

Salah was the favourite to win the award having made an incredible impact at Liverpool since joining the club from Italian side AS Roma over the summer.

The 25-year-old described winning the award as a "dream come true", before dedicating the accolade to "the children in Egypt and remind them to never stop dreaming and never stop believing in themselves".

Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah was awarded, in Accra, Ghana where the CAF 2017 ceremony was held.

"This award is a big award for me ... it's a special moment for me in my career".

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.

Earlier, Mohammed Salah was voted the best African footballer of the year and according to the BBC.

"2017 was an unbelievable year for me with national team and my clubs".

An emotional and proud Salah spared a few words and dedicated his award to the kids in Africa.

The annual event also aims to encourage and enhance the performances of sports persons to maintain the high standard and quality of football administration and management in Africa.

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