Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah has won the 2018 CAF Award on Tuesday night during a flamboyant ceremony which took place in Dakar Senegal.
The win means Mohammed Salah has become the first North African player to win the prestigious award back-to-back since its inception.
Salah emerged victorious after competing with fellow Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane from Senegal and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
Chrestinah Kgatlana of South Africa who gave a good account of herself at the AWCON 2018 where the Banyana Banyana lost to Super Falcons in the finals through penalties was named the Women’s player of the year.
She beat three-time winner Asisat Oshoala and her Falcons teammate Francisca Ordega to win the title.
In the Coach category award, Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis was named the Women’s Coach of the Year ahead of Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby and Joseph Ndoko (Cameroon).
While Frenchman Hervé Renard who led Morocco to the world cup won Coach of the Year award after his impressive run with the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
The Super Falcons were not left out in the awards, they were crowned the Women’s National team of the year after winning the AWCON for the ninth time.
And for the male team Mauritania won the men’s National Team of the Year ahead of Madagascar and Uganda.
Unfortunately, No Nigerian player was found on the CAF XI. Salah, Mane, Aubameyang, Riyadh Mahrez (Algeria), Naby Keita (Guinea), Thomas Partey (Ghana), Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast) Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) and Denis Onyango (Uganda) made the list for the continent’s top 11 players.