Mohamed Salah wins CAF African Player of the Year award

Salah wins 2018 CAF Awards

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool and Egypt forward named Caf African Player of the Year

Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was crowned African footballer of the year for the second time in a row on Tuesday night, but much of the talk was about the Liverpool star's clunky dancefloor moves at the glitzy ceremony.

Meanwhile, Morocco worldwide and Borussia Dortmund defender Achraf Hakimi, who won the 2018 African Youth Player of the Year award, failed to make the team.

In what was reminiscent of his triumph a year ago, Salah beat off competitions from Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to secure the much coveted individual award for a second consecutive time at Tuesday evening's ceremony in Dakar.

Salah becomes the fourth footballer after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto'o, Yaya Toure, to win the award back to back. Ahead of the event, CAF Executive Committee has awarded the hosting rights for 2019 AFCON to Egypt.

Delays to preparations and concerns about security resulted in the central African nation being replaced as hosts, and they will stage the 2021 tournament instead.

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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. Early in his career Salah found scoring hard, resulting in him quitting Chelsea for Italian outfits Fiorentina and then Roma.

He also scored twice in last summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, marking Egypt's first appearance in the tournament in 28 years.

Borussia Dortmund's Moroccan worldwide Achraf Hakimi was named African Youth Player of the Year, with South Africa's Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana the female Player of the Year victor.

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

The 26-year-old was named the Premier League Player of the Year and ranked high in Goal 50, Fifa Best Awards and Ballon d'Or.

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