Mohamed Salah on winning CAF POTY, Aboutrika, Egypt hosting AFCON
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah has revealed his delight after winning the CAF Player of the Year award for the second time in a row.
The Liverpool winger was named as the CAF Player of the Year for 2018, beating club teammate Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
He becomes the first player to win the award two years in a row after Yaya Toure, who claimed it four years in a row between 2011 and 2014.
“I can’t believe it. It has been a year since I was here to claim the award for the first time, and here I am winning it once again,” Salah said after clinching the award.
“When I was a kid, I always dreamed of winning this award, and now I am winning it for the second time. I am very proud of this.
“I want to thank my family, teammates, fans, and everyone who played a role in my career. I dedicate this award to Egypt,” he added.
Mohamed Salah was then asked if he now considers himself as the ambassador of African football after all the awards he claimed, with the Egyptian replying: “I think the star is the one who is sitting next to you. Mohamed Abourtika is the star of all times.”
Salah also gave his opinion on Egypt hosting the 2019 AFCON, saying: It’s very exciting to play at home and we will do our best to win the title.
“I think we will face Senegal in the final,” Salah jokingly told Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane.
“This is the best time for Egypt to host the tournament. We may not have the best league in Africa, but we can be the best from now,” he added.
It has been announced that Egypt will host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced it’s bid has prevailed over South Africa’s one.
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