'Greatest Egyptian footballer ever?' - Salah eyes historic goal
08 January, 2018, 03:32 | Author: Lamar Ellis
Mohamed Salah took to Twitter to show off his African player of the year award on Friday night just hours ahead of Liverpool FC's FA Cup clash against Everton.
The 25-year-old played a pivotal role in aiding Egypt to book a ticket to the 2018 World Cup Cup in Russian Federation after 28 years of absence and finished runners up at the last Africa Cup of Nations.
Since joining Liverpool last summer from Roma, Salah has bagged 22 goals for the Reds in just 29 appearances, five of them coming in the UEFA Champions League and 17 in the English Premier League.
"Winning this award is a dream come true - 2017 was an unbelievable year for me I had a fantastic time with the national team", said Salah after receiving the trophy.
He also had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990 - assisting two and scoring five, including the stoppage-time penalty against Congo that saw them qualify them for Russian Federation. "I want to dedicate this award to all the kids in Africa and Egypt and tell them never stop dreaming and never stop believing", he went on.
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Salah, was also voted the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year in December.
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Thursday's ceremony was a momentous event for Egyptians after their national soccer team was named the National Team of the Year and their coach Hector Cuper won the Coach of the Year award.
Shortlists had been drawn up for both awards when the CAF executive committee chose to dump them, initially without offering any explanations.
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