Sadio Mane, Senegalese footballer has been named the 2019 African Player of the Year after winning the UEFA Champions League with his club Liverpool and leading his country, Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Saido Mane defeated his liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah – winner in 2017 and 2018 – and Algeria attacker Riyad Mahrez to win the 2019 CAF player of the year award that held on Tuesday night in Egypt.
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 ahead of his other two rivals who also play in the premier league .
Mane helped guide Senegal to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations before ending the 2018-19 season by winning the Champions League and Premier League Golden Boot award.
He then scored twice in the UEFA Super Cup triumph over Chelsea, and provided the assist for Roberto Firmino’s goal that won Liverpool the FIFA Club World Cup for the very first time.