Egypt international and Liverpool forward, Mohamed Salah, must have caught the eye of Argentine legend Diego Maradona, as he is backing the Liverpool star to win the award, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.
“I would like to support Salah who has greatly succeeded with Roma and Liverpool ,” Maradona told TV channel Sada El-Balad .
“He’s a wonderful player who surely deserves the award.”
Salah was, of course, also in seriously impressive form for Roma last season which saw him bag 19 goals and 15 assists for the Serie A club.
The winner of the African Player of the Year award will be decided by a fan vote – and will be announced on December 11.