Just one day after Egypt was awarded the hosting right for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, striker Mohamed Salah has been voted the best player in Africa for the year 2018.
The Egyptian was voted ahead of his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Salah made history when he won the last edition as he became the first Egyptian player to win the CAF Best Player Award since the introduction of the event in 1992.
Having retained the crown in 2018, Salah has joined the exclusive list of the few players who won two awards in a row such as El Hadji Diouf from Senegal (2001, 2002), Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon (2003, 2004) and Yaya Toure from Ivory Coast (2011, 2012)
In the Women category, Thembi Kgatlana was voted as African Women’s Player of the Year 2018 ahead of the Nigerian duo of Oshoala and Francisca Ordega.
Oshoala was hoping to score a fourth win after her first three victories in 2014, 2016, and 2017 but that was not to be in Dakar on Tuesday night.