Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – Rising Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah, has won the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year Award for the second time in a row.
The 26-year-old Liverpool striker beat Medhi Benatia of Algeria, Kalidou Koulibaly of Senegal, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Thomas Partey of Ghana to nest the award.
“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” an upbeat Salah told the BBC shortly upon winning the award…
The prize started life as the BBC African Sports Star of the Year award in 1992, when Ghanaian footballer Abedi Pele was the inaugural winner. The format has evolved and now a shortlist of five players is announced following a poll of football journalists in Africa – after which a public vote decides the best for that year.
Mohamed Salah joins Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha as the only players to win the two years successively.
© Bur-csa – N.W / From our regional correspondent Tamba Jean-Matthew III – African Daily Voice (ADV) – Follow us on Twitter : @ADVinfo_eng