Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been crowned the African Footballer of the Year by Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Mane who is winning the award for the first time defeated his teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez. Mane was the only finalist in attendance at the ceremony which held in Egypt today, Tuesday, January 7, 2020.
It's official! ?
The African Player of the Year for 2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣ is #SadioMane
— #CAFAwards2019 (@CAF_Online) January 7, 2020
At the ceremony, star player for the Super Falcons Asisat Oshoala was named the women’s player of the year. Oshoala has now won the award four times and is tied with Super Falcons legend Perpetua Nkwocha with most wins.
Oshoala won the award after a season in Barcelona.
“To be honest I would prefer to be playing football than speaking in front of so many people. “I’m really happy and really proud at the same time.
“I would like to thank my family, especially my uncle who is here today. It is a big day for me and I would love to thank all the Senegalese people who have been voting for me. I’m from a very small village called Bambali and I’m sure they are all watching me tonight” said Mane when he received the award.