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Salah Retains BBC African Footballer Of The Year Title

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah has been named BBC African Footballer Of The Year earlier today for the second year running.

The 26-year-old becomes the first player to retain the title since Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha in 2003 and 2004.

The ex-Roma winger was voted ahead of Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey.

Salah netted 44 times in 52 games for Liverpool last season and continues to impress for the Reds this season.

Reacting to his win, the former Chelsea man who netted twice for his country at the World Cup in Russia told BBC.

“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” Salah told BBC .

“There have been many good moments in 2018. The game against Roma at Anfield [Champions League semi-final first leg] was unbelievable.

“I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”

The attacker’s goal next year is “to win something with the club so everyone is excited”.

“I try to push myself every day to help the team win something.”

The BBC award received a record 650,000 plus votes this year.