Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has been named CAF African Player of the Year for 2017.
The Egypt forward scored the goal that secured his country a place at this year’s World Cup, while he has been in superb form since signing for the Reds.
Salah has scored 23 goals for Liverpool already this season following his summer move from Roma.
“Winning this award is a dream come true, 2017 was an unbelievable year for me,” Salah said after receiving the trophy.
“I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt, I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing.
“It was very difficult to explain that moment to qualify to the World Cup after 28 years.
“And to have a great season with the clubs, with Roma and Liverpool. This award is a big award for me … it’s a special moment for me in my career.”
Club team-mate and Senegal international Sadio Mane came second, with Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang third, the Confederation of African Football announced at its gala dinner on Thursday night.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp allowed his two shortlisted players to attend the ceremony in Ghana despite his side playing Everton in the FA Cup on Friday.
Salah will miss the game through a groin injury, but Mane could well play.