Liverpool’s Sadio Mane bags Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year award
January 8, 2020
Liverpool star Sadio Mane was on Tuesday crowned as Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year for the first time at an awards gala in Egypt.
The 27-year old Senegalese striker was up against his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the award the last two years, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City.
Mane became the second star from Senegal to be named African Player of the Year after El Hadji Diouf, who was the continent’s best player in 2001 and 2002. He scored 34 goals and produced 12 assists in 61 appearances in 2019, according to CAF statistics.