Egypt’s striker, Mohammed Salah yesterday in the island of Goree, Dakar, Senegal beat his Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Gabon’s Arsenal striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to retain the CAF African Footballer of the Year award he won last year. Salah, who earlier in the year defeated the same trio to win the BBC version of the award, was adjudged as the finest footballer from the continent by the judges made up of national team coaches and captains.
Nigeria was a big loser in the awards as South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana dethroned Asisat Oshoala as Africa’s Women’s Player of the Year, just as Desiree Ellis beat Thomas Dennerby to the Women’s Coach of the Year. Kgatlana also took the Goal of the Year award.
The Youth Player of the Year award went to Achraf Hakimi of Morocco, who plays for Borussia Dortmund of Germany.Morocco’s Coach, Herve Renard beat Gernot Rohr to the Men’s Coach of the Year crown, while surprise national team of the past year, Mauritania, won the Men’s National Team of the Year. Read more