Egypt's Mohamed Salah wins African Player of the Year

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The Liverpool duo were present at the 2017 CAF awards held in Accra on Thursday evening, with Egyptian Salah scooping the African Player of the year gong ahead of teammate Saido Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Accra International Conference Center.

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

Having helped the Pharaohs to a second place finish at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Salah scored the decisive goal as the North African's sealed their return to a FIFA World Cup Tournament for the first time since 1990. I had a fantastic time, especially with the national team where we qualified to the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

In other award categories, Hector Cuper who guided Egypt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup was named the coach of the year whilst Nigerian Assisat Oshoala emerged as the female player of the year. "I want to tell them never to stop believing and dreaming".

Salah pipped clubmate Sadio Mane to win the African Player of the Year.

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

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RedBull Salzburg of Austria and Zambia forward Patson Daka, 19, won the young player award after enjoying a breakout season for loan club FC Liefering and country.

Mane has failed to match the performances he showed last season.

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

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.

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