MOHAMED Salah the Egyptian soccer star who plays for Liverpool in the UK premiership league, was tonight voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.
Salah apparently got a record number of votes to beat Liverpool team mate Sadio Mane of Senegal, Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita and Nigeria’s Victor Moses to clinch the award.
“I am very happy to win this award,” Salah told BBC Sport. “It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”
Salah is currently the top scorer in the Premiership, having netted 13 goals in 16 matches for Liverpool who are now lying 4th in the league.
“I want to be the best Egyptian player ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who becomes the third player from Egypt to win the award.
Salah’s form at Liverpool has been every bit as impressive as at his previous club, Roma in Italy where he scored 15 goals and made 11 others as he helped the team finish second in Serie A, their best league placing in seven years.
By winning the BBC African Footballer of the year prize Salah follows in the footsteps of illustrious stars such as Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and Michael Essien (Ghana).
“I am very happy to be like them in winning this award,” said Salah said.
Below is a list of previous winners
2016: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City & Algeria)
2015: Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)
2014: Yacine Brahimi (Porto & Algeria)
2013: Yaya Toure (Manchester City & Ivory Coast)
2012: Chris Katongo (Henan Construction & Zambia)
2011: Andre Ayew (Marseille & Ghana)
2010: Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)
2009: Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)
2008: Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)
2007: Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)
2006: Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)
2005: Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)
2004: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
2003: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
2002: El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)
2001: Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)
2000: Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)