The Brief: Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah, named African Player of the Year, and TEF Seeking African Based Startups for $100m Programme

Liverpool and Egypt forward, Mohammed Salah, has been named CAF African Player of the Year for 2017, at this year's ceremony hosted in Accra, Ghana. Tony Elumelu Foundation Seeking African Based Startups for $100m Programme.

Liverpool Striker, Mohamed Salah, named African Player of the Year

Liverpool and Egypt forward, Mohammed Salah, has been named CAF African Player of the Year for 2017, at this year’s ceremony hosted in Accra, Ghana.

Overcoming competition from a three-man shortlist including fellow Liverpool team-mate, Sadio Mane of Senegal, and Borussia Dortmund star, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Salah won the award after an amazing year that saw him play an integral role in a Roma team which finished third place in Italy’s Serie A, before returning to the Premier League.

The first Egyptian to win the award since Mahmoud El Khatib in 1983, the 25-year old is enjoying a sensational debut season with Liverpool, where he has already scored 23 goals in 29 games; with the highlight of the year being his injury-time penalty that saw Egypt qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

Speaking at the press conference Salah said of the award “I’m very happy and very proud for me to win it with my friend [Sadio Mane], and I’m sure he’s going to win it very soon. Great feeling of course, and I’m very happy [and] very proud about that.”

The Women’s Player of the Year went to third-time winner, Asisat Oshoala, who also won the award in 2014 and 2016. The Nigerian beat Cameroonian Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene and Chrestina Kgatlana of South Africa to the prize.

Currently plying her trade in the Chinese Women’s Super League with Dalian Quanjian F.C., the 23-year old’s career to date has seen her play for both Liverpool Ladies and Arsenal Ladies.

With musical performances from Nigerian artists Tiwa Savage, and Wizkid, the awards gala was graced with the presence of the Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, who received a platinum award.

The Full List of Award Winners are as follows:

2017 African Player of the Year – Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
2nd place – Sadio Mane (Senegal)
3rd place – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
Women’s Player of the Year – Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
Young African Footballer of the Year: Patson Daka (Zambia)
National Team of the Year: Egypt
Coach of the Year: Hector Cuper (Egypt)
Club of the Year: Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)
Women’s National Team Of The Year 2017: Bayana Bayana (South Africa)
Football Leader of the Year: Ahmed Yahya
CAF Legends Award: Ibrahim Sunday (Ghana)
Platinum Award to Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo & Liberia President-elect George Weah.

Tony Elumelu Foundation Seeking African Based Startups for $100m Programme

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is now in its fourth cycle.

Launched in 2015, the Foundation’s flagship programme made a 10 year $100m commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs by 2024.

TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu, said:

“When we launched the TEF Programme and committed $100 million, I knew we would create impact, but I never imagined it would be of this magnitude. We’ve unleashed a movement of African entrepreneurs — a force so strong, I am confident they will collectively transform Africa. We need Africa’s best and brightest to grow their businesses and build our continent.”

The cycle will see 1,000 entrepreneurs selected based on the viability of their idea. The entrepreneurs will receive: 12 weeks of intensive online training; a world-class mentor to guide them during the early transformation stages of the business; $5,000* in seed capital to prove the concept, plus access to further funding; and access to the largest network of African start-ups and TEF’s own global contacts

To be eligible your business must be a for-profit organisation based in Africa, no older than 3 years old. Applicants must be at least 18 and a legal resident or citizen of an African country.

To apply, complete the online application at application.tonyelumelufoundation.org.

The deadline is midnight (WAT) on 1 March 2018.

*$5,000 seed capital is paid based on the official Central Bank of Nigeria naira equivalent value at the date of selection for the programme.