…Salah eyes hat-trick on home soil

Can Egyptian Mohamed Salah win the prestgious CAF player of the year award today on home soil?
If he does that will mean a hat-trick of for the Liverpool magician who will be contending for the crown alongside club teammate Sadio Mane who he beat to the award in 2018 and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez at the annual awards ceremony in Hurghada on today.

Salah will hope to enter into an illustrious group, looking to become only the third player to win the award more than twice. Only Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure have won more than two CAF Player of the Year Awards, each clinching it four times.
Just like his teammate Sadio Mane, Salah enjoyed a great season and was instrumental as Liverpool rode onto a sixth UEFA Champions League title, netting five goals and laying up two assists in a total of 12 matches.

He shared the English Premier League golden boot with Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, each having scored 22 goals where he also contributed 11 assists. His total tally of goals for the entire season with Liverpool was 36.
At the start of the 2019-20 season, Salah opened up the year winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

In Doha, he was named player of the tournament with his scintillating displays which included an assist for Guinean midfielder Naby Keita in a 2-1 victory over Monterrey in the semi finals.
At the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations held on home soil, the Egyptian King scored twice as Egypt had their campaign pull over at the round of 16 stage following a slim 1-0 loss to South Africa.