Iwobi, Ndidi missing as CAF name best African XI for 2018

Iwobi, Ndidi missing as CAF name best African XI for 2018

"I have dreamt of winning this award since I was a child and now I have done so twice in a row", Salah said soon after receiving his trophy in Dakar.

"I'm proud to win it twice, I must thank my family and my teammates, and I dedicate this award to my country, Egypt".

Mohamed Salah has been named the CAF African Footballer of the Year 2018 and written history after defending his title.

Despite the efforts of Victor Moses, Etebo Oghenkaro, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa last year, no Nigerian was deemed good enough for the African Best XI, but the Super Falcons got a consolation of sorts for the country as they were named the Women's National Team of the Year.

The Egyptian has shown no signs of slowing down this season either, scoring 13 goals and providing seven assists so far for Liverpool in the Premier League.

It was a good day for Egyptian football all round, with Egypt being awarded the right to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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Unhappy with his two-goal return, Chelsea lent Salah to Italian outfits Fiorentina and Roma, then sold him to the latter club.

In the Women category, Thembi Kgatlana was voted as African Women's Player of the Year 2018 ahead of the Nigerian duo of Oshoala and Francisca Ordega. It was the Pharaohs' first appearance at a global finals in 28 years.

The Liverpool forward become the fourth player to win back-to-back awards after El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto'o and Yaya Toure.

The Youth Player of the Year award went to Achraf Hakimi of Morocco, who plays for Borussia Dortmund of Germany.Morocco's Coach, Herve Renard beat Gernot Rohr to the Men's Coach of the Year crown, while surprise national team of the past year, Mauritania, won the Men's National Team of the Year.

After accepting his award, the 26-year-old striker looked shocked as the event organisers in Senegal brought up a live band to lay.

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