Prior to Mo Salah and Edouard Mendy Sadio Mane was named the best African footballer of the year
At the Confederation of African Football (Caf) awards ceremony in the Moroccan capital Rabat, Sadio Mane of Senegal was named African Footballer of the Year for the second consecutive year.
In this year’s Africa Cup of Nations final, Senegal defeated Egypt in a shootout and won the trophy for the first time thanks to Mane’s game-winning penalty.
After being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic for three years, the prizes were finally given out again.
Mane, 30, stated as he accepted his award, “I am very, very glad to earn the trophy this year.
Mane defeated former Liverpool teammate Salah, whose Egypt squad lost the final in February, as well as fellow countryman and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
Mane, who helped Senegal qualify for the World Cup and won two domestic championships with Liverpool, continued, “I thank the Senegalese people and dedicate this trophy to the kids of my nation.”
After a memorable evening for the West African country, Senegal won five awards in a total of seven men’s categories. Mane’s win was one of them.