Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah was voted as the African Footballer of the Year for the second successive year at the Confederation of African Football’s 2018 awards ceremony in Dakar on Tuesday.
Salah beat fellow nominees, Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
He edged the same two players last year in a vote decided by the technical directors and head coaches of 56 CAF member associations.
Salah becomes the fourth African after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure to win the award back to back.
The award caps yet another remarkable year for Salah, who boasts of 13 goals in the English Premier League to help the Reds lead the log.
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.
Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa beat Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala and Franseca Ordega to pick up the Women’s Player of the Year gong, while the Super Falcons were named Women’s National team of the Year. Mauritania edged Uganda and fellow AFCON debutantes Madagascar for the Men’s National Team of the Year award.