Africa’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool as the 2017 African Player of the year.
Mohamed Salah beat Sadio Mane of Senegal and Liverpool, and Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who plays for Dortmund. he takes over from Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez who won the 2016 edition in Abuja.
The event held in Ghana was dubbed the ‘AITEO CAF AWARDS 2017.’ It also awarded other personalities in the football industry over the last year.
The event was the first gala without long serving CAF president Issa Hayatou who was beaten by new president Ahmad Ahmad in polls held in Addis Ababa last year.
Musicians that performed, Nigeria’s Tiwa Savage, Phyno, Flavour, Wizkid, Olamide, Patoranking and Fali Ipupa of Democratic Republic of Congo were on hand to entertain the guests.
2017 CAF Award Winners:
Men’s Player of the Year:
Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)
Women’s Player of the Year:
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dalian Quanjian)
Women’s National Team of the Year:
Coach of the Year:
Hector Cuper (Egypt)
National Team of the Year:
Club of the Year:
Wydad Athletic Club
Youth Player of the Year:
Patson Daka (Zambia and Liefering)
CAF Legends Award:
Ibrahim Sunday (Ghana)
Leader of the Year:
Ahmed Yahya (Mauritania)
Nana Akufo-Addo (President of Ghana)
George Weah (President of Liberia)