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Egyptian Mohamed Salah Again Voted Africa's Best Footballer

The Liverpool player beat his club teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays for Gabon, to win the award for the continent's best player.

Egyptian Mohamed Salah Again Voted Africa's Best Footballer
Egyptian Mohamed Salah Again Voted Africa's Best Footballer
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2019-01-09T13:34:09+0530

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has been voted as the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year award for the second year in a row.

The Liverpool player beat his club teammate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays for Gabon, to win the award for the continent's best player.

Houston Dash and South Africa forward Thembi Kgatlana was named Women's Player of the Year.

"I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row," Salah said at a ceremony in Senegal on Tuesday.

"I'm proud to win it twice, I must thank my family and my teammates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt", he said.

The 26-year-old scored 44 goals for Liverpool last season as he led the team to the Champions League final.

Although he started this campaign slowly following the summer's World Cup, at which he scored twice for Egypt, he has notched 16 goals in 29 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool so far this season.

Along with Salah, Mane and Aubameyang, Atletico Madrid's Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey was named in the Team of the Year.

That quartet were joined by Manchester United's Ivorian central defender Eric Bailly, Liverpool and Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, Manchester City's Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez and Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier, who represents Côte d'Ivoire.

On Tuesday, CAF also announced Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Africa Best XI: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/Uganda), Serge Aurier (Tottenham/Ivory Coast), Medhi Benatia (Juventus/Morocco), Eric Bailly (Manchester United/Ivory Coast), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/Senegal); Naby Keita (Liverpool/Guinea), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid/Ghana), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/Algeria); Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon), Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal)

(With Agency inputs)

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