CAF Awards: One of many dreams came true - Mohamed Salah

Posted January 08, 2018

Salah received BBC's African Player of the Year award and became the third Egyptian to win such an award after Mohamed Barakat, who won the award in 2005, and Mohamed Aboutrika, who won it in 2008.

The Egypt global won the award ahead of his Liverpool FC team-mate Sadio Mane and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Salah helped the Pharaohs end a 28 year wait for an appearance at the World Cup by qualifying for Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 edition in Russia and he is optimistic the team will do well.

He also had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to qualification for their first 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.

"It's never easy to win a big award like that", Salah said on Thursday.

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"I had unbelievable moments as Egypt reached the World Cup for the first time since 28 years".

Even so, following Mané's high-profile miss in last month's Merseyside derby, when the Senegal global elected to shoot rather than tee-up Salah or two other team-mates, both players faced questions about their relationship in Accra.

Riyad Mahrez and newly crowned African Player of the Year Mohamed Salah - alongside six others - will battle for the English Premier League Player of the Month at the back of their incredible feats for Leicester City and Liverpool respectively during the busy December. I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt. He netted the stoppage time penalty against Congo, which sent the Egyptian team to the world cup competition.

"When a footballer aims for excellence, they must rise to the highest standards, irrespective of where they play".

"Referees already have their rewards and marks of recognition".

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