Mane was named in a colourful ceremony held in Cairo, Egypt on recently. Sadio Mane who had a sensational year of football with club and country beat off competition from his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah and Riyad Mahrez to win the most prestigious individual football honour on the continent.
Mane won the UEFA Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup with his teammate Salah, but he went the extra mile to inspire his nation Senegal to the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt. He was also joint English Premier League top scorer with Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the 2018/19. The Senegalese award has brought an end to Mohamed Salah’s reign as African Footballer of the Year- won it in 2017 and 2018.
Below are other awards and the winners:
Below is the list of all award winners on the night.
Men’s Player of the Year award: Sadio Mane
Women’s Player of the Year award: Asisat Oshoala
Club President of the Year: TP Mazembe’s Moïse Katumbi
Best Football Association of the Year: Egypt
Men’s Coach of the Year: Algeria’s Nations Cup winning coach Djamel Belmadi
Women’s Coach of the Year: South Africa’s Desiree Ellis wins the .
Special Award: Kodjovi Obilale, a former Togo goalkeeper who was injured in a terrorist attack on the team’s bus in 2010.
Best Goal of the Year award: Riyad Mahrez
Men’s National Team of the Year: – Algeria
Women’s National Team of the Year: Cameroon
African Youth Player of the Year: Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi
African Interclubs Player of the Year: Algeria winger Youcef Belaïli