Mo Salah: African Footballer of the Year 2017
From the 5 nominees for this year’s African Footballer of the Year Award, Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has pulled away from the pack in fantastic form to be crowned this year’s winner.
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Senegalese star Sadio Mane, Guinean Naby Keita and Victor Moses of Nigeria were the four other players leading a star-studded pack for contention for this year’s award.
A record number of votes for the Egypt and Liverpool winger was deserved after a fantastic year. Salah has been a revelation on Merseyside, currently sitting top of the Premier League’s goal scoring charts with 13 goals. Salah started 2017 as a central figure as Egypt finished runners-up at the African Cup of Nations. Cameroon went on to win the final with a late goal from Vincent Aboubakar, sealing a 2-1 victory for The Indomitable Lions. (Speaking of Cameroon, you really need to take a look at our blog on their brand-new Puma football kit for 2018.)
Salah wasn’t to be disheartened from the AFCON Final defeat; he had a hand in all seven of the goals that lead the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990. With two assists and five goals across World Cup Qualifying, including a stoppage-time penalty against Congo to secure their place in Russia, Mo Salah became a hero across Egypt. Salah has been as impressive at club level as he has for his country. In the Italian capital, his record of 15 goals and 11 assists led Roma to a second-place finish in Serie A. Securing the best placed finish for Roma in seven years made the biggest clubs across Europe stand up and take note.
After catching the eye of Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool, a £36m bid saw the winger move to Merseyside, scoring 13 times in his first 16 league games. If he can keep up this current form through to the end of the season, he should be a serious contender for the PFA Player of the Year – and rightly so. Get your hands on any of the football kits you see here at FOOTY.COM. We compare the cost at all major retailers, so you get the best shirt at the best price right here with us!