Mohamed Salah won African Player of the Year, a reward for success on all fronts in 2017 for the Egypt forward after he inspired his country to a long-awaited World Cup place and had a phenomenal start to his spell at Liverpool.
Salah won ahead of his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and the Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the other finalists at the Confederation of African Football awards ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
Salah, 25, had a memorable year, first as part of the Egypt team that made the Africa Cup of Nations final in February. He was then joint top-scorer in the final round of qualifiers as Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 1990.
He has had a stunning first half of the season at Liverpool with 17 goals in 21 league games and 23 in 29 in all competitions, justifying Liverpool’s decision to break the club’s transfer record and pay £36.9m to buy him from Roma in the summer.
Although Egypt lost in the Africa Cup of Nations final to Cameroon, the team were back in the tournament after seven years without qualifying. Salah was a pivotal part of the revival.
He scored five goals in six games in the decisive qualifying round as Egypt sealed their place at the World Cup in Russia. Salah scored both goals, including the injury-time winner, in the 2-1 win over Congo in October that sealed Egypt’s place in Russia.