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Liverpool's Salah wins African Footballer of the Year award

The Liverpool foward faced tough competition from teammate Sadio Mane from Senegal and 2015 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabon.

FILE: Egypt’s Mohamed Salah vies for the ball against Congo's Tobias Badila during their World Cup 2018 Africa qualifying match between Egypt and Congo at the Borg el-Arab stadium in Alexandria on 8 October, 2017. Picture: AFP

ACCRA - Egyptian Mohamed Salah has won the African Footballer of the Year award.

The Liverpool foward faced tough competition from teammate Sadio Mane from Senegal and 2015 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabon.

The award was handed down at a ceremony in the Ghanaian capital on Thursday night.

Mohamed Salah played a significant role in securing Egypt a place at the World Cup, which takes place in Russia later this year.

He’s also emerged as a star in the English Premier League where is the second-highest scorer this season.

When asked during a press conference, before the event, about potential rivalry between him and teammate Mane, he said they have been friends from day one at Liverpool.

Egypt also won Team of the Year and their coach Hector Cuper won Coach of the Year.