Tuesday 29 of November, 2022
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Mohamed Salah Named BBC African Footballer of the Year for Second Time in a Row

Another day, another award for Mo.

Staff Writer

Egypt’s footballing boy wonder, Mohamed Salah, has added another notch to his belt after being named the BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time in the row.

"It's a great feeling to win again,” Salah told the BBC. “I'm happy and I would like to win it also next year.”

The Liverpool winger beat club teammate, Sadio Mane (Senegal), Medhi Benatia (Juventus and Morocco), Kaildou Koulibaly (Senegal and Napoli) and Thomas Partey (Ghana and Atletico Madrid) to the fan-voted prize.

Salah’s first season at in the English Premier League saw him score a record-breaking 44 goals in 52 games and play an integral part in helping the Egypt national team qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, where he scored both of Egypt’s only goals despite entering the tournament with an injury.

With his second consecutive win, Salah becomes the first player to be named BBC African Player of the Year twice in a row since Nigerian legend, Jay Jay Okocha, who won it back-to-back in 2003 and 2004.

Despite a slow start to the 2018-2019 season with Liverpool, Salah’s form has picked up in recent weeks and it was enough to win him the lion’s share of the 650,000 votes registered – a record for the award.

Salah is the third Egyptian to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year, following Mohamed Barakat in 2005 and Mohamed Aboutrika in 2008.

Images courtesy of BBC Sport