Salah makes BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist
Egypt international Mohamed Salah has been included on a five-man shortlist for the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
Fans will have the chance to vote for their favourite among the shortlisted players, and the candidate with biggest number of votes will win the trophy that was picked up by Leicester and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez in 2016. The winner will be announced on Monday, December 11.
Salah was included in the list following impressive performances on both club and national team level. Following a blistering season with Serie A side AS Roma, which saw him score 19 goals and deliver 15 assists, he joined Liverpool on a record €42 million transfer in summer 2017. He has scored seven goals in 11 league games with the Reds so far, as well as five goals in six Champions League matches.
On the international level, the 25-year-old guided Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990 after scoring a brace against Congo in the penultimate group qualifier last month.
Salah’s teammate Sadio Mane was also included in the list after the 25-year-old helped the Reds clinch a top-four finish in the Premier League last season and therefore a place among Europe’s elite in the Champions League. The Senegal international netted 13 goals and recorded eight assists with Liverpool and also helped Senegal reach their first World Cup since 2002.
Despite not winning the Bundesliga title, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also made the cut for the BBC African Footballer of the Year after beating Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to the league’s top scorer award with 31 goals and 40 goals in all competitions in an outstanding season for the Gabon international.
Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses was also included in the five-man shortlist. The 26-year-old was an integral member of the Blues’ Premier League-winning team, which also reached the final of the FA Cup before losing to Arsenal.
Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, who was named in the Bundesliga team of the year after helping RB Leipzig to a second-place finish, completed the shortlist.
Two Egyptians have previously won the BBC award, with Al Ahly legends Mohamed Barakat and Mohamed Abou-Treika claiming it in 2005 and 2008, respectively.
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