Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
Salah finished top from a five-man shortlist after a fans’ vote, beating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane and Victor Moses.
The Egypt international, who has racked up a double figure goal tally since moving to the Premier League from Roma, was presented with his award by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at the club’s Melwood training ground.
“It’s always a special feeling when you win something,” Salah told BBC Sport, following the announcement by television presenter Mimi Fawaz. “You feel like you did a great year, so I am very happy.”
And Klopp added: “It’s well deserved. 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.”
Previous winners of the award include Didier Drogba, George Weah and Yaya Toure.