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Senegalese Sadio Mane wins CAF African Player of the year

Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been named CAF African Footballer of the year 2019, holding off competition from club team-mate Mohamed Salah and the Man City winger Riyad Mahrez

Mane was a standout player as Liverpool went all the way in the 2018-19 Champions League, while he has also enjoyed a strong start to the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

The Senegal international placed in the top three in each of the previous three years, finishing runner-up to Salah in 2017 and 2018, and third in 2016, when Mahrez came first.

But the 27-year-old has now claimed Africa’s top individual prize after establishing himself among the world’s top players.

Nigeria and Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala claimed the prize as the CAF African Women’s Player of the Year.

Mane was the co-winner of the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals, sharing the award with his fellow African stars Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Liverpool won the Champions League last term and nearly won the Premier League as well, falling one point short as Manchester City won the league for a second straight campaign.

But Mane’s side appear well positioned to end a 30-year English title drought this term, having opened up a 13-point lead atop the table in 2019-20.

Mane has again played a starring role, having scored 11 league goals while adding another two strikes in the Champions League as Jurgen Klopp’s men have advanced to the last 16, where they will face Atletico Madrid.

Mane was also named as part of a star-studded CAF best XI, which also included Andre Onana, Serge Aurier, Joel Matip, Kalidou Koulibaly​, Achraf Hakimi, Idrissa Gueye, Mahrez, Hakim Ziyech, Salah and Aubameyang.

Dortmund full-back Hakimi was also named the African Youth Player of the Year as he continues to impress for club and his country Morocco.

In other awards Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi was named the Men’s Coach of the Year while South Africa’s Desiree Ellis won the prize on the women’s side.

Algeria were also named the Men’s National Team of the Year after winning the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, while Cameroon were named the Women’s National Team of the Year after becoming one of just two African teams, along with Nigeria, to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament.

 

Culled from Goal.com

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