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Sadio Mane named African Footballer of the Year ahead of Mo Salah and Edouard Mendy

Sadio Mane named African Footballer of the Year ahead of Mo Salah and Edouard Mendy

Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mane has been delegated African Footballer of the Year for the second time.

The Senegal international, 30, got the renowned distinction at an awards function on Thursday. Mane, who joined Bayern recently, won the award over previous Liverpool colleague Mohamed Salah and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

Mane scored 23 objectives for Liverpool last season to assist them with winning the FA Cup and EFL Cup. The Reds likewise arrived at the Champions League final – losing 1-0 to Real Madrid – and completed only a point behind champions Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

At international level, Mane enlivened Senegal to magnificence in the Africa Cup of Nations in February. He scored the triumphant spot-kick as his country crushed Salah’s Egypt on penalties in the final. Mane scored three objectives during the tournament, one more than Salah.

“Congrats to Sadio Mane on indeed being named Africa’s Player of the Year,” said Bayern president Herbert Hainer. “He’s a totally extraordinary player or more each of the an incredible individual, who’s a great diplomat for his country Senegal, for the entire of football, as well concerning FC Bayern and the entire Bundesliga.”

Bayern CEO Oliver Khan added: “We’re glad about Sadio Mane’s award. FC Bayern has never before in its long history had an African Player of the Year in its positions. This is a unique distinction for our club. We’re extremely pleased that he presently plays for this club and we have a great deal of major objectives with him.”

The African Footballer of the Year prize has been awarded by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) starting around 1992. An elective variant of the gong was recently awarded by France Football – the coordinators of the Ballon d’Or – somewhere in the range of 1970 and 1994.

Salah recently won the renowned award in 2017 and 2018. The award was last passed out in 2019 as Mane guaranteed the honor. Past champs incorporate Riyad Mahrez, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yaya Toure, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and George Weah.

Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala scooped the ladies’ award subsequent to assisting Barcelona defender their league with naming, while Tottenham teen Pape Matar Sarr – who was important for Senegal’s AFCON-winning crew – brought back home the men’s Young Player of the Year prize.

It was an extraordinary night for Senegal as they likewise guaranteed the men’s National Team of the Year award and supervisor Aliou Cisse was named the men’s Coach of the Year. South Africa manager Desiree Ellis asserted the ladies’ Coach of the Year gong.

Senegalese winger Pape Ousmane Sakho won the Goal of the Year prize for scoring a staggering above kick, while Moroccan side Wydad Athletic Club (men’s) and South Africa group Mamelodi Sundowns (ladies’) were named the Clubs of the Year.

CAF likewise passed out an ‘Interclub’ Player of the Year award to Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy (men’s) and Ghana midfielder Evelyn Badu (ladies’). The last option was additionally named the ladies’ Young Player of the Year.


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