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Year of the Pharaoh: Egyptians crowned with CAF Awards
Egyptians take home a collection of awards during the Glo-CAF ceremony in Accra.
Club of the Year: Al-Ahly
African champions Al-Ahly clinched CAF’s Club of the Year Award beating off Tunisia’s Esperance and Leopards of Congo after an astonishing year of dominance despite having almost no domestic football.
Meanwhile, Ahly manager Hossam El-Badry was beaten by Zambia’s Herve Renard to the Coach of the Year award for the later’s remarkable triumph with Zambia at the 2012 African Cup of Nations.
Most Promising Talent of the Year: Mohamed Salah
Egypt and FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah won the CAF Most Promising Talent of the Year award beating Celtic’s Victor Wanyama (Kenya) and Senegal’s Moussa Konate.
20-year-old Salah has scored five goals in all competitions so far this season with Basel, while also providing eight for the Swiss champions since transferring from Arab Contractors in the summer for €2.2 million.
The Egyptian star has also proven to be a key member in Bob Bradley’s squad, bagging 7 goals and 4 assists with the Egypt National Team this year.
African Player of the Year (based in Africa): Mohamed Abou-Treika
Al-Ahly talisman Mohamed Abou-Treika was named Player of the Year (based in Africa) at the expense of Zambia and Mazembe duo Rainford Kalaba and Stoppila Sunzu.
Mazembe’s Sunzu was initially announced as the winner of the award, only for the announcement to be corrected minutes later, an embarrassing error by the African football governing body.
Despite missing a number of games in Ahly’s Champions League triumph (after being handed a two month suspension and fine by the club) the play-making veteran finished as his team’s top scorer with six goals.
Treika also excelled at the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, scoring the winner against Hiroshima Sanfrecce to send Ahly to the semis, and making him the competition’s all-time joint top scorer. He also put in a mouth-watering performance against Corinthians in the semi-finals.
Abou-Treika resurfaced as an instrumental figure with the Egyptian National Team this year, helping The Pharaohs secure the top spot in their World Cup Qualifying Group. Treika has scored 7 goals with Egypt in 2012, placing him among the world’s top goal scorers in international and club football.
In a brief speech at the ceremony, Treika dedicated the award to the victims of the Port Said disaster.
Legend of the Year: Mahmoud El-Gohary (joint winner)
Mahmoud ‘The General’ El-Gohary, who passed away in the summer, is the joint winner of the 2012 CAF Legend of the Year award along with Rigobert Song. His son collected the award in Ghana.
Read KingFut‘s tribute to Captain Gohary here.