Mo Salah Wins BBC African Player of the Year 2018

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row.

Salah, 26, saw off competition from Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to win the prize.

The latest honour is a continuation of a phenomenal year for the Egyptian after he won the African Player of the Year and the PFA player of the year having netted 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season.

“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.

As well as inspiring his club to the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year’s World Cup, after inspiring his country to the tournament for the first time since 1990.

“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added. “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 said his aim for 2019 is “to win something with the club so everyone is excited”.

“I try to push myself every day to help the team win something,” he added.

Salah becomes the first player since Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha to win in consecutive years.

Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008) are the other Egyptians to have won the award.

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