Mohamed Salah retains Africa Player of the Year award

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By Toby Prince

Egypt international Mohamed Salah has crowned a memorable 2018 year by collecting the CAF Player of the Year award for the second year in a row.

Salah made the final three-man shortlist for this year’s award alongside Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.

The final three was an exact repeat of last year’s shortlist, which saw Mohamed Salah winning it for the first time in his career, with Sadio Mane and Aubameyang coming in second and third places respectively.

This year, the award has seen the same outcome, as the Egyptian managed to win the accolade one again, however, Aubameyang managed to finish second ahead of Sadio Mane.

Mohamed Salah becomes the first player to win the award two years in a row after Yaya Toure, who claimed it four years in a row between 2011 and 2014.

Mohamed Salah had an astonishing season with Liverpool, breaking the Premier League all-time scoring record in a single season with 32 goals and many other records with the Reds.

He also led Liverpool to the Champions League final, before helping his side to end the year on top of the Premier League table, seven points ahead of second-placed Man City.

The Egyptian was also crowned as the best player in the Premier League last season and finished 6th in the Ballon d’Or ranking.

On the international level, Salah played twice in Egypt’s first World Cup campaign in 28 years, scoring twice against Russia and Saudi Arabia, however, the Pharaohs failed to collect a single point and were knocked out of the group stages.

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