Mane wins CAF Player of the Year.
Senegal forward Sadio Mane has won the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) Player of the Year award.
The Liverpool forward beat off competition from Egypt forward and team mate at Liverpool, Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez to the award.
Mane had a successful year, winning the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League title with Liverpool,
while scoring 30 goals in all competitions last season.
“I’m really happy and proud to win this. Football is my job, I love it,” said Mane.
“I would like to thank my family, my national team, staff, the federation and Liverpool Football Club. It’s a big day for me.”
His impressive form has continued this season where he has already scored 15 goals far in 2019-20, helping Liverpool to go 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Mane collected his award at a ceremony in Hurghada, Egypr. Although the ceremony was held in his home country, Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah, who had won the award in both the past two years failed to attend. Neither was Algeria and Manchester City forward Riyadh Mahrez.
This was Mane’s third consecutive finish in the top three of the award and by winning it, fulfills a long time dream of emulating his idol El-Hadj Diouf.