Expectedly, Egypt and Liverpool striker, Mohamed Salah was on Tuesday named the 2018 African Footballer of the Year in a colourful ceremony in Dakar, Senegal.
He also won the previous edition, which was contested by the same trio that included his club mate, Sadio Mane and Gabon’s Pierre-Aubameyang.
They ranked in the same order with Pierre-Aubameyang coming third. Also, Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala lost her crown to South Africa’s Chrestinah Kgatlana.
Although the Super Falcons won the national women’s team of the year, it was the South African coach, Desiree Ellis,that won the women’s coach of the year.
The award for the national women’s team of the year, which was the first to be announced, turned out to be Nigeria’s only win.
No Nigerian player even made the Africa’s best XI which was left for players to nominate and vote.
ALL THE WINNERS
- Player of the Year: Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
- Women’s Player of the Year: Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)
Player of the Year:
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmunmd)
- Men’s Coach of the Year: Herve Renard (Morocco)
- Women’s Coach of the Year: Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
- Men’s National Team of the Year: Mauritania
- Women’s National Team of the Year: Nigeria
- Platinum Award: His Excellency Macky Sall (President of the Republic of Senegal)
- Federation President of the Year: Fouzi Lekjaa
- Goal of the Year: Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)