Mane beats Salah and Mahrez to win African Player of the year award

DAVID GOMBE

Senegalese and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been named African Football of the year after beating his teammate Mohamed Salah and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez.

This was the first time the Liverpool attacker was crowned as Africa’s best. He received his award on from four time winner Samuel Eto’o at a glamorous Tuesday night in the Red Sea Resort of Hurghada in Egypt.

During the last two years, Mane has been finishing as runner up to Egypt’s Salah. He now becomes the second Senegalese to win the accolade after another Liverpool player El Hadji Diouf in 2001 and 2002.

Last year, Mane helped Liverpool win the UEFA Champions league, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup. He led Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final where they finished as runners up to eventual winners Algeria.

Mane also shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyanga after a momentous season for African players in English football.

Barcelona and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala was named as Women’s player of the year while Algeria were named above the men’s team of the year, with Djamel Belmadi winning the coach of the year award.

Cameroon who lost to England at the Women’s World Cup last summer were named Women’s team of the year.

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