The continent's football governing body, the Confederation of African Football, CAF, will be awarding the best personalities, clubs and national teams for the year 2018.
Uganda Cranes Captain Denis Onyango who was part of the ten finalists on the shortlist voted gave his first vote to the eventual victor Salah, the second to himself, third to Sadio Mane while the fourth and fifth went to Benatia and Alexi Iwobi respectively.
Salah will next be in action on the pitch when Liverpool meet Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday, as the table-topping Reds aim to put their recent defeat to title rivals Manchester City behind them. Ahead of the event, CAF Executive Committee has awarded the hosting rights for 2019 AFCON to Egypt.
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Salah defended his crown after scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and Egypt in 2018. Early in his career Salah found scoring hard, resulting in him quitting Chelsea for Italian outfits Fiorentina and then Roma.
He was also crowned as the best player in the Premier League last season and finished 6th in the Ballon d'Or ranking.
Salah blossomed in Rome, averaging close to a goal every two matches, and Liverpool paid nearly €41 millionn (£37 million) to sign him two years ago.
For the Goal of the Year; a new addition to the CAF Awards, South African female striker, Kgatlana was the proud victor.