Fresh report reaching NEWS FLAKES NG as at PRESS TIME has it that Egyptian International and Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah has just been announced as the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award for the second time in a row.
The Egypt and Liverpool forward won the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals in May and scored 10 Champions League goals as Liverpool reached the final.
He also scored both of Egypt’s goals at the World Cup.
As he received the award, he told BBC Africa’s Mimi Fawaz of his hopes for 2019.
The 26-year-old beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the prize.
The Premier League’s player of the year scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last season.
“It’s a great feeling to win again. I’m happy and I would like to win it also next year!” said Salah.
As well as inspiring his club to the Champions League final, Salah scored twice for Egypt at this year’s World Cup, having netted both goals in the match which took his country to the tournament for the first time since 1990.
“There have been many good moments in 2018,” he added. “The game against Roma at Anfield [Champions League semi-final first leg] was unbelievable. I’m scoring goals and helping the team to get the points to be top of the league. That’s always a great feeling.”
Salah said his aim for 2019 is “to win something with the club so everyone is excited”.
“I try to push myself every day to help the team win something,” he added.
The BBC received more than 650,000 votes this year – a record for the award.
Salah becomes the first player since Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha to win in consecutive years.