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Reports: Why Salah Snubbed CAF Awards

Despite Sadio Mane being present at the CAF awards when the Egyptian superstar won the African Player of the Year award in 2017 and 2018, Mohamed Salah was not there to watch his colleague win the prize on Tuesday, and the reason he snubbed the ceremony has now been revealed.

Click through the gallery to see Mane collecting his first African Player of the Year prize!

The 27-year-old was named the winner of the accolade for his incredible exploits in 2019, during which he helped Liverpool win the UEFA Champions League and his country reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane had previously been on the podium in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but was tipped as the outright favourite for the Confederation of African Football’s latest best player prize.

Neither Riyad Mahrez nor Salah, who finished second and third on the podium respectively, were in attendance on Tuesday night, with the Manchester City winger taking in part in his side’s 3-1 EFL Cup victory at Old Trafford.

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Salah, meanwhile, was believed to stay in Liverpool to train with the rest of his colleagues ahead of their big away clash with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday evening.

According to the Mirror, the Egyptian superstar had been made aware by the organisers of the event that he would not be taking home the accolade, and therefore decided to rather skip the event in his home country.  

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There has also been plenty speculation that Salah snubbed the awards evening due to his deteriorating relationship with the Egyptian Football Association.

Do you think Salah should have been in Egypt to support his teammate? Let us know in the comments section below.

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