By SPORTS REPORTER
FORMER Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard on Tuesday night scooped the 2018 Confederation of African Football (CAF) men’s coach of the year award.
Renard, now coach of Morocco national team, beat rivals Aliou Cisse of Senegal national team and Esperance FC coach Moine Chaabani to win the award.
The Frenchman guided Morocco to the Russia 2018 World Cup finals in 2018 after a 20-year absence.
And Liverpool’s prolific striker Mohamed Salah completed a memorable day for Egyptian football by retaining his African Player of the Year award.
Meanwhile, CAF media reports that the 26-year-old Liverpool star Salah finished first with club-mate Senegalese Sadio Mane and Arsenal and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the other finalists.
Salah became the only second Egyptian when he won the crown last year after countryman Mahmoud Khatib scooped the title in 1983.
Having retaining his Player of the Year title, his next goal is to match the four straight wins of the crown by former Manchester City and Cote d’Ivoire midfield star Yaya Toure.
The other male awards went to Mauritania national team as team of the year, and Moroccan Achraf Hakimi team won the youth category.
South African Chrestinah Kgatlana was voted Women’s Player of the Year and South Africa coach Desiree Ellis was voted coach of the year while the Nigerian women’s national team won team of the year.
The Goal of the Year award also went to Kgatlana. The Platinum award went to Macky Sall (President of the Republic of Senegal) and Ydnekatchew Tessema of Ethiopia received the Trophy for the Federation President of the Year
CAF –FifPro Best XI
Goalkeeper: Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Defenders: Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & Tottenham Hotspur), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli), Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United), Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
Midfielder: Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool), Thomas Partey(Ghana & Atletico Madrid), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)