Salah retains CAF African Player of the Year gong


Liverpool's duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were named in Africa's Best XI at the 2018 Confederation of African Football (Caf) Awards 2018.

Ahead of the coming ceremony for the CAF Awards 2018, the three remaining contenders for the CAF Best African Player of the Year arrived in Senegal.

The Egyptian King collected his award at a ceremony in Senegal and ended up dancing with teammate Sadio Mane and a bunch people wearing traditional African dress.

Salah will next be in action on the pitch when Liverpool meet Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, as the table-topping Reds aim to put their recent defeat to title rivals Manchester City behind them.

Salah defended his crown after scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and Egypt in 2018.

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Salah was born in a northern Egyptian town Nagrig and used to make eight-hour return trips on buses to train with Cairo-based El Mokawloon (Arab Contractors).

Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club.

It completes another award-filled year for the 26-year-old after he also retained the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and finished sixth in the Ballon d'Or standings.

That injury raised doubts about his World Cup participation but he regained fitness to represent Egypt in the finals in Russian Federation, scoring twice as they exited in the first round.

For the Men's Coach of the Year 2018, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr was not in the final shortlist and it was Morocco coach Herve Renard that was voted as the continent's best gaffer. Kgatlana also took the Goal of the Year award.