#CAFAwards2019: Liverpool And Senegal Forward, Sadio Mane Named Caf African Player of The Year

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has been named the Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) Player of the Year.

The Liverpool attacker defeated his club teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez to win his maiden individual award on the continent.

Mane has been a finalist in the previous three editions of the CAF Player of the Year, but in all those instances, he never went back home with the coveted piece of silverware.

“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.”

Mane, 27, helped the Reds to the 2018-19 Champions League title, scoring 30 goals in all competitions last season.

Neither Salah nor Mahrez, who was playing for Manchester City, attended the CAF’s awards gala on Tuesday.

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