Salah retains African best player award, Oshoala dethroned

Africa’s best of the year The winner is the winners are

Africa’s best of the year The winner is the winners are

Salah was crowned at the CAF Awards in Dakar, Senegal, on Tuesday night as he beat Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the award.

He edged out the same two players previous year in a vote decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations.

Salah was confirmed as the continent's best at the Confederation of African Football's (CAF) awards ceremony in Dakar.

It was a good day for Egyptian football all round, with Egypt being awarded the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

"My thanks go to my family, my team-mates and my fans and I dedicate this trophy to my homeland, Egypt".

The 26-year-old's performances throughout the year also saw him retain the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize and finish sixth in the Ballon d'Or standings.

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.

The Egyptian forward helped the Reds to the Champions League final in May and has been a vital part of their assault on the Premier League title so far this season.

He returned to score against hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, but the Pharaohs exited their first appearance at the global showpiece in 28 years without securing even one point.

He has scored 16 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions for Liverpool this season.

The Pharaohs' only other victor of the award was Mahmoud El Khatib, who claimed it in 1983 but was only able to win it once.

The other male awards went to France-born Morocco coach Herve Renard, the Mauritania national team, and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi in the youth category.

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