Egyptian forward Mohammed Salah pips Kenya's Victor Wanyama to CAF award

As exclusively revealed by, Wanyama, who has had an impressive calendar year for Scottish club Celtic, emerged third in the category
Egyptian forward Mohammed Salah fought off competition from Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama and Senegal striker Moussa Konate, to emerge victorious in the 2012 CAF Award for the Most promising talent.

Salah was recognized and honored during the annual Caf Award ceremony held in Ghana on Thursday night.

As exclusively revealed by, Wanyama, who has had an impressive calendar year for both his club Celtic FC and the Kenyan national team, emerged third in the category.

The 21 year-old’s twelve goals - from a midfield position - assisted Celtic clinch the Scottish Premier League title, and secure a round of 16 slot in the UEFA Champions League.

Salah who transferred to Swiss club FC Basel mid this year, and Konate, were recognized solely for their efforts at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

The Egyptian scored in each of the three preliminary group games while the West African, who plies his trade at Russian outfit FC Krosnadar netted five goals at the same event. Both players however, did not win any medal at the competition or with their respective clubs.

CAF President Issa Hayatou revealed that the awards were chosen after voting from Africa's 52 national team coaches.

Selected Awards:

African Player of the Year - Yaya Toure

African Based player of the year - Mohammed Aboutrika

Coach of the Year - Herve Renard

National team of the year  -Zambia

Most promising talent of the year - Mohammed Salah

Africa’s Best XI: Goalkeeper: Lutunu Dule ( Congo), Defenders: Ahmed El- Basha (Sudan), Walid Hicheri (Tunisia), Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia), Ahmed Fathi (Egypt), Midfielders: Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt), Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire), Alex Song (Cameroon), Younes Belhanda (Morocco) Forwards: Didier Drogba,(Cote d’Ivoire), Christopher Katongo (Zambia).
Coach: Herve Renard (France).