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Mohamed Salah is BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017

December 15, 2017

Mohamed Salah has just been voted to receive the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017 award. The Egyptian player has been an asset to both his club and his country for his superb performance, especially this year.

With the recognition, Salah joins the other legends of the sports from Africa and will therefore be among the names Bitcoin sports betting fans should remember. These legends include Mohamed Barakat and Jay-Jay Okocha.

African Footballer of the Year Award

Mohamed Salah receives BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017Mohamed Salah won the BBC award by garnering the most votes.  Other nominees for the award include Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang, Victor Moses, Naby Keita, and Sadio Mane.

Mohamed Salah said:

“I’m very happy to win this award, it’s a special feeling for me. I’d like to thank everybody; my teammates and the people I work with. I am very happy here at the club, I’ve had a very good start here. Also the manager [Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp] has helped me to settle into the team. Last season I had a very good season with Roma, so I need to thank my teammates [there] and also my teammates in the national team. The people I work with are very professional and I’m happy with them. [Now] I’d also like to win it next year!”

Year 2017 has been a good year for the forward player. Salah is the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 13 goals overall. At the start of the year, he is a major contributor to the Egyptian team, which finished as the runner-up for the Africa Cup of Nations. Salah scored five goals and two assists for his country and this allowed the team to qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia.

On a club level, Salah has also been in good form. He scored 15 goals in Italy and 11 more goals when playing with Roma. Salah’s performance has helped Roma finish second in Serie A, which is the highest placing the league has achieved in seven years.

Jurgen Klopp, boss of Liverpool, said:

“It’s well-deserved. I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo. The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be. It’s a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him.”

BBC African Footballer Legends

Salah counts his name as part of the other legends who received the award. This includes the retired Mohamed Barakat, who was known as the Mercurial Footballer when he was still playing. His use of his mind in finding holes against his defenders helped him score tremendous amounts of goals.

Another legendary player to receive the BBC African Footballer of the year is Jay-Jay Okocha, who won the award for two consecutive years and was the first to win the award twice.