While struggling at Chelsea, Salah knew he would win CAF award

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This is Salah's third Player of the Year award of 2017 after being named the BBC African Player of the Year and Arab Player of the Year. 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.

In what was a strong year for African Liverpool forwards, Senegalese global Sadio Mane came second in the voting, with 2015 victor, Gabon and Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, coming in at third place.

Since his move to Liverpool from Italian side AS Roma in the summer, Salah has been a key part of the side's attempts to retain a top-four finish for the 2017-18 season - and the Champions League football that that brings with it.

He also guided Egypt to book a place at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, scoring a 94th minute penalty against Congo to win the match and send the Pharaohs to Russian Federation.

Patson Daka, who played an integral role in getting Zambia to the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-20 World Cup quarter-finals at Korea Republic 2017, won the youth player of the year award.

Salah left Roma to join Liverpool. "This award is a big award for me ... it's a special moment for me in my career", Salah added.

Egypt coach Hector Cuper, who will lead the Pharaohs at Russian Federation 2018 this summer, took home the coach of the year award, while his team also won the team of the year award. They won team of the year and their manager, Hector Cuper, Africa's coach of the year.

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