Liverpool attacker Mohammed Salah has continued his amazing year by winning the BBC award for the best African footballer of the year. The Egyptian forward defeated other finalists for the BBC AFOTY 2017; Nigeria’s Victor Moses, Gabon’s Aubameyang, Guinea’s Naby Keita and his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane with a record number of votes to claim the BBC Award.
Salah helped Egypt qualify for the world cup for the first time since 1990 by having a hand in all the goals scored by the Pharaohs of Egypt throughout the qualification process. He capped this off by scoring the all-important injury-time penalty that sent the Pharaohs to Russia. He has also had a remarkable season for Liverpool scoring 13 league goals in 16 games for the club that sees him currently as the top scorer in the English Premier League.
Upon receiving the award, 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. I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who is the third player from Egypt to win the award and first since 2008. “I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”
By winning the BBC African Footballer of the year prize Salah adds his name to a list of legends including Jay-Jay Okocha, Didier Drogba and Michael Essien”I am very happy to be like them in winning this award,” said Salah, who follows compatriots Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Aboutrika in receiving the trophy.
The BBC Award was presented to him by Jurgen Klopp, his team manager at Liverpool. The Liverpool boss claims that he was not surprised that the BBC were honoring the forward with the award as Salah has been in incredible form since joining the Reds this summer. He said “It’s well-deserved,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who handed the trophy to the player at the club’s Melwood training academy.
“I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo.The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potentials still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be. It’s a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him,” Klopp said.
Salah also reserved special appreciation for his teammates and coaches at Liverpool, AS Roma and Egypt. “I would like to thank my Liverpool team-mates and I also had a good season with Roma so I have to thank my team-mates there and my team-mates in the national team,” said Salah. “Since I came here, I wanted to work hard and show everyone my football. I wanted to come back to the Premier League since I left, so I am very happy,” he concluded