Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been crowned African Football of the Year for the second year running.
The Egypt international claimed the prize after fending off his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane and Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
Salah scored 44 goals in all competitions last season, and he has already struck 13 times this season in 23 matches.
Former Nigeria playmaker Jay-Jay Okocha was the last player to win the
award in consecutive seasons, and Salah also pipped Juventus defender
Mehdi Benatia and Atletico midfielder Thomas Partey to the gong this time around.
Salah told the BBC: “It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year.
“There have been many good moments in 2018. The game against Roma at
Anfield (Champions League semi-final, first leg) was unbelievable.
“I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the
league. That’s always a great feeling.”
Salah will have his sights on a first piece of silverware with Liverpool this
The BBC received a record number of 650,000 votes for this year’s award.