The highlight of the award was Mohammed Salah taking home the biggest individual prize of African football, the African Player of the Year award.
But before Salah was called on stage to collect his second consecutive African Player of the Year award, a series of event had taken place to mark the 2018 CAF Awards.
The 2018 CAF Awards kicked off as early on Sunday, January 6 with the press conference of the African Football Legends.
As part of the activities to mark 2018 CAF Awards, a legends’ game between Senegal’s class of 2002 against a selected African legends XI was introduced in honour of late Senegal football legend Jules Bocande.
On Monday, January 7, the African legends in town toured Goree Island in Dakar, Senegal. The likes of Mark Fish, Samuel Eto’o, Mohamed Aboutrika, Anthony Baffoe, El Hadji Diouf among others.
African women football legends like the likes of Mercy Akide (Nigeria) were also present.
In Gorée Island, another press conference was held with a press conference that was attended by President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad and top officials of the confederation.
The legends’ game between Senegal’s class of 2002 against a selected African legends XI held on Monday night.
Representing the XI of Senegal’s class of 2002 were some of the players that took the country to the quarter-finals of the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. Tony Silva, Habib Beye, Lamine Diatta, Pape Malick Diop, Diouf, Salif Diao, Amdy Faye, Moussa Ndiaye, Alassane Ndour, Khalilou Fadiga, Aliou Cisse, Souleymane Camara etc.
The African legend XI had the likes of Didier Drogba, Antoine Bell, Eto’o, Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, Titi Camara, Hazem Emam, Cyril Domoraud, Aboutrika, Mustapha Hadji, Nouridine Naybet, Fish, Geremi Njitap, Gilberto, Victor Ikpeba, Frederic Kanoute, Michael Essien, Patrick M'Boma, Emmanuel Amunike and Kanu Nwankwo.
President of Liberia George Weah who played for the likes of AC Milan, Monaco and Chelsea and won the Ballon d’Or in 1995 was present at the Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium to watch the game.
The African XI won the game 3-2 with the likes of Drogba and Essien on the scoresheet.
AFCON 2019 host
Before the big night, the CAF executive met on Tuesday morning to decide on the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) host.
They were scheduled to make the decision on Wednesday but rather brought it forward to have a vote which Egypt won to get the hosting right of AFCON 2019.
The 2018 CAF Awards culminated with the big night which was hosted by former CNN anchor and TV personality Isha Sesay and Senegalese journalist Aboubacry Ba.
Women’s Team of the Year 2018: Nigeria
Men’s Team of the Year 2018: Mauritania
African Women’s Coach of the Year 2018: Desiree Ellis
African Men’s Coach of the Year 2018: Hervé Renard
Tessema Award: Mr. Fouzi Lekjaa
African Youth Player of the Year 2018: Achraf Hakimi
African Best XI: Onyango, Aurier, Benatia, Bailly, Koulibaly, Partey, Keita, Mahrez, Salah, Aubameyang, Mane
African Women’s Player of the Year 2018: Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana
African Player of the Year 2018: Mohamed Salah