Liverpool forward beats Chelsea rival to prestigious African award

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has beaten the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and a host of Premier League rivals to the prestigious BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

The Egyptian joined the Reds over the summer in a club-record £36.9million deal and has already scored 19 goals for the club in 24 games after a sensational run of form.

And the former Roma star – linked already with a move to Real Madrid – picks up the BBC African Footballer of the Year award ahead of a number of Premier League rivals – as well as an Anfield teammate.

Gabon’s Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Nigeria’s Victor Moses were also nominated but in winning the gong, Salah said: “I am very happy to win this award.

“It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”

 

Salah, the top goalscorer in the Premier League so far this season, was at the heart of an Egypt side which finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations back in February. He added: “I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard.

His manager at Liverpool,Jurgen Klopp added: “It’s well deserved. The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be.”

Previous winners of the award include Didier Drogba, George Weah and Yaya Toure.

 

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“I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”