Mohamed Salah Wins African Footballer of the Year Award After Stunning Achievements

Mohamed Salah to kids in Africa: Never stop dreaming

Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year for 2017

"It is a privilege to have been crowned the best player in Africa and winning this award is a dream come true".

He's had a stunning first half of the season at Liverpool with 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 goals in 29 games in all competitions, justifying Liverpool's decision to break the club's transfer record and pay $46.8 million to buy him from Roma in the summer. "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.

Thursday's ceremony was a momentous event for Egyptians after their national soccer team was named the National Team of the Year and their coach Hector Cuper won the Coach of the Year award.

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Known better as a failed Chelsea winger, Salah's iconic moment in 2017 was when he helped Egypt reach the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Salah secured the price ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mané of Senegal and the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"When I left Arsenal for China, people said I was finished but I'm happy to end the year with this", she said. Egypt had been absent from the World Cup for 28 years.

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He also starred for resurgent Egypt, who a year ago finished runners-up to Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations and secured a first World Cup appearance since 1990.

Moroccan club Wydad Casablanca, victor of the 2017 African Champions League, was named Club of the year.

The Platinium Awards went to president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo and the president-elect of Liberia George Opong Weah - the 1995 African Footballer of the year victor.

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Football Leader of the Year - Yahya Ahmed (Mauritania).

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