Mane addresses reports of Salah rift at Liverpool

Salah's Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane, of Senegal, was runner-up and 2015 victor, Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang third after a 30-player list had been trimmed to three.

The 25-year old pacey striker rose to stardom in his country after qualifying the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990.

After 26 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, Salah has scored 23 goals and registered eight assists.

Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah was awarded, in Accra, Ghana where the CAF 2017 ceremony was held.

"Winning this award is a dream come true, 2017 was an unbelievable year for me", Salah said after receiving the trophy.

Thursday's ceremony was a momentous event for Egyptians after their national soccer team was named the National Team of the Year and their coach Hector Cuper won the Coach of the Year award.

Head coach of the Black Stars, James Akawsi Appiah says Mohammed Salah deserves to win the CAF African players of the year award. "And to have a great season with the clubs, with Roma and Liverpool".

Salah is the second Egyptian to win the award after Mahmoud Al Khatib in 1983.

Nigerian forward Asisat Oshoala, who plays for Chinese side Dalian Quanjian, was named Women's Player of the Year.

"When I left Arsenal for China, people said I was finished but I'm happy to end the year with this", she said.

Salah had bagged a number of awards this season such as the BCC African Footballer of the year and Arab player of the year. African champions Wydad Casablanca from Morocco took home the Club of the Year title.

  • Jon Douglas