Senegal and Liverpool star Sadio Mane has won the CAF Player of the Year award after beating his Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez.
The 27-year-old Sedhiou-born forward, who is on the radar of Real Madrid, was crowned the king of African football in Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday night.
In 2019 the forward totaled 53 appearances raking in 32 goals, won the English Premier League golden boot, was named in the English PFA Team of the season, played an instrumental role in Liverpool winning the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Mane picked up 477 votes to Salah’s 325, with Manchester City winger Mahrez receiving 267 votes.
Some of his quotes after picking the award includes: “To be honest I would love to be playing football more than speaking in front of many important people,” said Mane when picking up the award in Hurghada, Egypt.
“Football is my job – I love it. I’m really happy and really proud at the same time to win this award.
“I would like to thank my family, especially my uncle who is here today, and my national and Liverpool team-mates, staff, everybody.
“It is a big day for me. I would love to thank all the Senegalese people. They pushed me. I’m from a very small village, Bambali, I’m sure they are all watching me on TV.”
By El Akyereko
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