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Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

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Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the 2018 BBC African Player Of The Year Award.

Mohamed Salah named BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018

The five nominees were: Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

The 26-year-old helped Liverpool reach the 2017-18 Champions League final last season, scoring 44 goals in all competitions.

The Egypt superstar is also only the third player from the North African nation to win the title after Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008 and Mohamed Barakat, who won in 2005.

“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year,” Salah told the BBC.

“I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”

Salah finished his first season at Anfield as top scorer in the Premier League after finding the net on 32 occasions.

In total, Salah scored 44 times in all competitions last season and he has continued that form this campaign, where he currently leads the scoring charts alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 10 goals to his name.

A record number of votes were cast for the 2018 award, with the BBC receiving over 650,000 in total.

Salah becomes the first player since Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha to win the award in consecutive years.

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