It will come to no surprise to anyone who has watched Sadio Mané over the last year that the Senegalese winger has won the CAF Player of the Year award. After coming in second behind Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah the last two years in a row, Mané finally took home the trophy on Tuesday.
In addition winning the Premier League Golden Boot and a Champions League trophy in 2018-19 and currently leading in the goal tally for the Reds, Mané also helped guide his national team to the final of the African Cup of Nations this past summer.
It's official!— #CAFAwards2019 (@CAF_Online) January 7, 2020
The African Player of the Year for 2⃣0⃣1⃣9⃣ is #SadioMane
What an achievement for the Senegalese winger! #CAFAwards2019 pic.twitter.com/BwFBBxFBR1
The Egyptian Salah and Algerian Riyad Mahrez were the runners up this year. The ceremony was held in Egypt, and was voted on by coaches and technical directors of the national teams along with the captains of the senior side. Mané, Salah, and Joel Matip also made the FIFPro Africa Best XI for 2019.