Sadio Mane has been crowned the 2019 CAF African Player of the Year.
The speedster edged Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah — winner in 2017 and 2018 — and Algeria attacker Riyad Mahrez to the prestigious award.
Votes from head coaches/technical directors and captains of the senior national teams from CAF’s member associations saw Mane selected as the continent’s best footballer in 2019.
It's official! 🥇
The African Player of the Year for 2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣ is #SadioMane
— #CAFAwards2019 (@CAF_Online) January 7, 2020
The Reds’ No. 10 collected the accolade Tuesday at a ceremony in Egypt on Tuesday and was also named in the FIFPro Africa Best XI for 2019, alongside Salah and Liverpool defender Joel Matip.
It was a successful calendar year for the 27-year-old, as he ended the 2018-19 season by winning the UEFA Champions League and Premier League Golden Boot awards.
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