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Sadio Mane crowned CAF’s 2019 African Player of the Year

Sadio Mane crowned CAF's 2019 African Player of the Year - Sports Leo

Liverpool prolific winger Sadio Mane clinched the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Africa’s 2019 Player of the Year award on Tuesday.

The UEFA Champions League winner won the coveted crown for the first time at the CAF Awards gala in Egypt.

The Senegal international edged his counterpart and two times winner Mohamed Salah, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City to win the title.

“I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award,” said Mane at the ceremony organised by the Confederation of African Football in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Hurghada.

“It’s a big day for me.”

According to CAF stats, the 27-year-old attacker netted 34 goals and assisting 12 in 61 appearances for Liverpool.

The FIFA Club World Cup winner has continued to replicate his form at Anfield this season, becoming a transfer target to top European clubs including Paris-Saint Germain and Real Madrid.

Neither Salah nor Mahrez attended the CAF’s awards gala with the latter involved in City’s FA Cup fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Algerian scored the second goal in Citizens’ 3 – 1 first-leg victory giving last season’s Premier League leaders a massive advantage of the second-leg.

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