Senegalese star, Sadio Mane on Thursday night named CAF African Player of the Year for the year.
Bayern Munich player Mane beat compatriot and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as well as former Liverpool team-mate Salah, whose Egypt side lost February’s final.
Former Liverpool and Southampton player was announced the winner of the category at the 2022 CAF Award held in Rabat, Morocco.
Mane scored the winning penalty as Senegal beat Egypt in a shootout in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations final to lift the trophy for the first time.
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Speaking after his presentation, Mane said “I am very, very happy to receive the trophy this year.
“I thank the Senegalese people, and dedicate this trophy to the youth of my country,” added Mane, who also helped Senegal reach the World Cup and won two domestic cups with Liverpool.
Mane’s prize was one of five picked up by Senegal in a total of seven men’s categories after a night to remember for the West African nation.