Salah wins African Footballer of the Year

Mohamed Salah has been named African Footballer of the Year for 2017 at the CAF Awards.

Egypt winger Salah beat Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the prize at a CAF gala in Accra and succeeds Leicester City and Algeria star Riyad Mahrez as the continent’s leading player.

Mane finished as runner-up, with Aubameyang in third.

“I have always wanted to be here,” Salah told reporters at a news conference before the ceremony.

“I put myself under pressure and take risks. Right now I have the ambition to be the best Egyptian player in history.”

Salah enjoyed a stunning 12 months at club an international level, with his form earning a £36.9million move to Liverpool from Roma, having finished the 2016-17 campaign with 15 goals in 31 Serie A games.

The 25-year-old has since become more prolific in his second stab at the Premier League, with a stunning 17 goals in 21 top-flight appearances under Jurgen Klopp for the ex-Chelsea man and six more in the Champions League.

Having helped Egypt to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they were beaten 2-1 by Cameroon, his brace against Congo – including a dramatic last-gasp penalty – secured a first World Cup finals berth for the Pharaohs since 1990.

Egypt boss Hector Cuper collected Coach of the Year and his side won National Team of the Year.