In a heated competition with other African football players, Egyptian Liverpool superstar Mohammed Salah is named BBC African footballer of the year on Monday.
Salah won the competition with a number of votes ahead of Gabon’s Pierre-EmerickAubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses.
In an interview with the BBC, Salah expressed his happiness with the title saying “”It’s always a special feeling when you win something. I feel like I had a great year, so I’m very happy.”
The young pharaoh, as called, qualified his country to 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time in 27 years, he also managed to lead it for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
After Mohammed Barakat and Mohammed Abu Trika, Salah is the third Egyptian football player to win this award since 2008.
“I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” He said, adding, “I always follow my own way and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way.”
“I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players. 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.” He concluded.