Sadio Mane: Bayern Munich striker named African Footballer of Year on memorable night for Senegal

7/22/22, 10:30 AM

126Asia Sports News

Senegal's Sadio Mane was crowned African Footballer of the Year for the second time running at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) awards ceremony in the Moroccan capital Rabat.

In this year's Africa Cup of Nations final, Senegal defeated Egypt in a shootout and won the trophy for the first time thanks to Mane's game-winning penalty.

The honors were reinstated after being suspended for three years due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala also kept the title she won in 2019.

"I am very, very happy to receive the trophy this year," Mane, 30, said as he collected his prize.

Mane defeated former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, whose Egypt squad lost the final in February, as well as fellow countryman and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

"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.

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