Salah named BBC African Player of the Year

Mohamed Salah has been crowned 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year.

The Egypt and Liverpool forward has won the gong after a successful year for both club and country.

Salah began the year by reaching the final of the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt and later helped steer his country to their first World Cup finals since 1990.

He scored five of their seven final qualifying stage goals to send them to Russia.

His form continued domestically, as his prolific record in front of goal for Roma earned him a £37million move to Liverpool.

Since switching to Anfield, Salah, 25, has scored 20 goals in all competitions, putting him on course to break the club’s seasonal scoring record.

Salah beat off competition from team-mate Sadio Mane, Leipzig’s future Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Chelsea’s Victor Moses to win the award.

He is the first Egyptian to claim success since the legendary Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008 and first Liverpool player since El Hadji Diouf in 2002.

The winner was announced on Monday evening, following a public vote on the BBC’s website.

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