Liverpool’s No.10, Sadio Mane, was on Tuesday crowned CAF player of the year. He faced off with his team mates Mohamed Salah-who has previously won the award in 2017 and 2018 consecutively – and Riyad Mahrez.
This fete capped a year that saw him win the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, reach the Africa Cup of Nations final, earn the Premier League Golden Boot and finish fourth in the running for the Ballon d’Or.
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The Senegalese footballer had this to say at the time of his acceptance of his reward:
“To be honest, I would love to play football more than to be in front of many important people to speak because football is my job, I love it, but speeches are not, by the way!
Good evening everybody. Well, I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award. I would like to thank my family, especially my uncle who is here and my coach, Aliou Cisse. My national teammates and the staff at the federation, Liverpool Football Club and my teammates, the staff and everybody.
It’s a big day for me. I would love to thank all the Senegalese people – they have been following me all the time, they push me. And my village, I come from a very small village called Bambali, I’m sure they are all watching on TV. Again, I am really happy and very proud to win this.”
Mane scored 34 goals and produced 12 assists in 61 matches last season.