Salah has enjoyed a sensational start to his Liverpool FC career after scoring 17 times in 21 games in the Premier League this season.
"It was very hard to explain the moment, to qualify to the World Cup after 28 years", he said after the ceremony in Ghana.More news: Falcons Hang On Against the Rams for a Tough Playoff Win
He also had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to qualification for their first World Cup since 1990. "I want to tell them never to stop believing and dreaming". The Senegal sprinter was one of the favourites to bag the prestigious award but it was the Egyptian who named was echoed in the Ghanaian capital Accra on Thursday.
It is the first time since 1986 that stars from the north of the continent, which along with the west is the strongest football region, have won successive titles.
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Mohamed Salah has set his sights on becoming the best Egyptian player in history. He netted the stoppage time penalty against Congo, which sent the Egyptian team to the world cup competition.
An emotional and proud Salah spared a few words and dedicated his award to the kids in Africa.
In early 2017, the forward was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.More news: Man Utd leave it late to beat Derby
Shortlists had been drawn up for both awards when the CAF executive committee chose to dump them, initially without offering any explanations.