Senegalese international, Sadio Mane has been named 2019 African footballer of the year last Tuesday night at the 28th edition of the CAF Football Awards which was staged in Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh in Hurghada, Egypt.
This is the first time the Senegalese national is landing this accolade in his career having finished third in 2016 and second in both 2017 and 2018 all behind his Liverpool teammate, Mohammed Salah.
Sadio Mane faced competition from Egyptian Mohammed Salah and Algerian national team skipper, Riyard Mahrez in achieving this glory. He pulled 477 votes as against Salah’s 325 and Mahrez’s 267.
Sadio Mane, 27, really enjoyed a fantastic spell in the 2019/20 season for Liverpool having netted 32 goals in 53 appearances. He won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super and just recently the FIFA Club World Cup. Mane also led the Teranga Lions to the AFCON 2019 final but unfortunately lost to Algeria in the final.
Sadio Mane after achieving this accolade has now become the second Senegalese to win this award since El Hadji Diouf in 2001 and 2002. He said;
“It’s a great day for me and for my career. I would like to thank all the Senegalese people who supported me during my journey.
” I’m feeling happy because they will be glad watching me winning this award, especially the people in my village.”
Meanwhile, Moroccan youngster, Achraf Hakimi was named Africa young player of the year for the second time. Asisat Oshoala was named Women’s footballer of the year whiles Youcef Bellaili was picked as Africa Club competitions player of the year.
African Best XI: Andre Onana (Cameroon), Achraf Hakimi (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Joel Matip (Cameroon), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal), Hakim Ziyech (Morooco), Mohamed Salah (Egypt), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim