January 7, 2020

CAF Award 2019: Sadio Mane wins African Player of the Year

CAF Award 2019: Sadio Mane wins African Player of the Year

Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane

By Rasheed Sobowale

Sadio Mane, a Senegalese 27-year-old professional footballer who plays for the English Premier League giant club, Liverpool has won the African Player of the Year Awar 2019.

Mane was announced the winner of the category at the CAF Award of 2019 held in Hurghada, Egypt.

The former Southampton player defeated other nine players to the award. On the list of nominees are: André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax); Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax); Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan); Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli); Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua); Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal); Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City); Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool); and Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah).

Mane signed for Jurgen Klopp side, Liverpool in 2016 for a record fee of £34 million on a five-year contract. This made him the most expensive African player in history at the time.

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In 2019, Mane was ranked fourth for the Ballon d’Or. Also, he was ranked 5th place for the Best FIFA Men’s Player in the same year.

He has so far scored 74 goals for Liverpool in his 151 appearances since his debut in 2016 ― with 56 goals in the premier league competition.

Mane contributed immensely to the progress of the Senegalese team in the last African Cup of Nations. He scored the lone goal against Uganda; scored 2 goals against Kenya in a match that ended 3-0 in favour of Senegal.

Senegal finished second place in the competition. 2019 was the second appearance of the country since their last shot in 2002.

Click to see: Full list of CAF Awards 2019 winners

Vanguard News Nigeria.