Mohamed Salah retains African Player of the Year award

Africa’s best of the year The winner is the winners are

Though Mane was beaten to the titular award, he was given a place in Africa's Best XI, alongside fellow Red Naby Keita, as well as Premier League representatives Riyad Mahraz, Aubameyang, Eric Bailly and Serge Aurier.

Meanwhile, Morocco global and Borussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi, who won the 2018 African Youth Player of the Year award, failed to make the team.

African Player of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool).

Teammates in Liverpool, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane landed together in Dakar.

With 16 goals in 29 appearances, Salah seems to be back to his best again after what was a slow start to the season. Ahead of the event, CAF Executive Committee has awarded the hosting rights for 2019 AFCON to Egypt.

Salah was born in the northern Egyptian town of Nagrig and used to make eight-hour return trips to train with Cairo-based El Mokawloon.

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

The Egyptian had his share of setbacks.

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

South Africa's Chrestinah Kgatlana, who had a fine tournament at the 2018 AWCON, where the Banyana Banyana lost the final on penalties to Nigeria's Super Falcons, was named the Women's Player of the Year.

The Goal of the Year award also went to Kgatlana.

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