Liverpool FC attacker, Sadio Mane has been crowned 2019 CAF African player of the year.
The Senegalese striker beat his teammate, Mohamed Salah and Algerian attacker Riyad Mahrez to the prestigious award.
Votes from head coaches/technical directors and captains of the senior national teams from CAF’s member associations saw Mane selected as the continent’s best footballer in 2019.
It’s official! 🥇
The African Player of the Year for 2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣ is #SadioMane
— #CAFAwards2019 (@CAF_Online) January 7, 2020
The Reds’ No.10 received the award at a ceremony in Egypt on Tuesday and was also named in the FIFPro Africa Best XI for 2019, alongside Salah and Joel Matip.
Mane helped guide Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations before ending the 2018-19 season by winning the Champions League and Premier League Golden Boot award.
He then scored twice in the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea and provided the assist for Roberto Firmino’s goal that won Liverpool the FIFA Club World Cup for the very first time.