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Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Salah named African Player of the Year

Egyptian soccer star Mohamed Salah named African Player of the Year

Salah's victory capped a clean sweep of the three main African football awards for Egypt.

Mohamed Salah who has already been named the 2017 BBC African player of the year beat his competitions by a great margin to become the first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud El Khatib in 1983.

Salah, 25, beat Senegal and fellow club-mate Sadio Mane and Gabon global Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the prestigious prize to honor African men and women who have excelled and contributed to the development of football in and outside the continent.

Senegal's Sadio Mane was the first runner while Gabon global Aubameyang finished third. The Egypt forward scored the goal that secured his country a place at this year's World Cup, while he has been in superb form since signing for the Reds.

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He also guided Egypt to book a place at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, scoring a 94th minute penalty against Congo to win the match and send the Pharaohs to Russian Federation.

Patson Daka ensured Zambia was represented on the podium with the Youth Player of the Year, ten years after compatriot Clifford Mulenga was decorated Most Promising Talent of the Year. The club of the year award went to FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 participants Wydad Casablanca.

There were two Platinum Awards, one to Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and global football icon, George Weah, now President-elect of Liberia.

There were also musical performances from Toofan from Togo, DR Congo's Fally Ipupa, and Nigerian septet of Patoranking, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Olamide, Phyno and Flavour.


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