Egyptian midfielder star Mohamed Salah has been crowned as the 2017 African Player of the Year award.
Salah beat 2015 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane in a poll by African national team coaches.
The was announced at the annual Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards held on Thursday night in Accra, Ghana.
"Winning this award is a dream come true, 2017 was an unbelievable year for me," Salah said after receiving the trophy.
"I would like to dedicate it to all the kids in Africa and Egypt, I want to tell them to never stop dreaming, never stop believing”, the Liverpool ace Player said.
Salah played a key role in Egypt’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign, where they reached the finals.
He was the joint-top scorer in the 2018 African World Cup Qualifiers with five goals, guiding Egypt to their first FIFA World Cup since 1990.
In total, Salah netted 39 goals in 60 official games he played for both clubs and country in 2017.
The event was graced by the president of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, who once again pledged his support for the development of football on the continent.
Below are winners of Other Awards:
Platinum Award - Nana Akufo-Addo (President, Republic of Ghana)
Platinum Award - George Weah (President-Elect, Liberia)
CAF Legends Award - Ibrahim Sunday (Ghana & Asante Kotoko)
Football Leader of the Year - Yahya Ahmed (Mauritania)
Club of the Year - Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)
Women’s National Team of the Year - Bayana Bayana (South Africa)
Coach of the Year - Hector Cuper (Egypt)
Youth Player of the Year - Patson Daka (Zambia)
Women’s Player of the Year - Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)