Mane crowned king of African football

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Senegalese forward Sadio Mane was named the 2019 Confederate of Africa (CAF) player of the year at the awards ceremony held in Egypt on Tuesday.

Mane who helped Senegal to reach the 2019 African cup of nations (AFCON) lost to Riyad Mahrez’s Algeria who also won the award.

Mane also defeated fellow Liverpool football club teammate Mohammad Salah who won the award in two successive years of 2017 and 2018.

Algeria also won on the night with its coach Djamel Belmadi named best men’s African coach of the year. Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick against Nigeria in the semi-finals of the 2019 AFCON won the best strike of the year. Youcef Beilali was named best interclub player of the year.

Achraf Hakimi of Morocco and Borussia Dortmund scooped the youth player of the year award. Former Togolese international Kodjovi Obilale won a special award as he was a victim of the 2010 Angola AFCON Cabinda massacre.

In the women’s category, Nigeria and Barcelona player Asisat Oshiala won the best women’s player of the year. Cameroon was named the best women’s team of the year. Desiree Ellis, coach for South Africa women’s national football team won the award of best women’s African coach of the year.

Egypt Football Association won the best federation of the year award. Moise Katumbi, CEO for Democratic of Congo side TP Mazembe crowned African club president of the year award.

Ghana goalkeeper Andrey Onana, Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech of Morocco, Joel Matip, the duo of Cameroon’s Serge Aurier and Kalidou Koulibaly and Idrissa Gueye of Senegal were also recognized for being in the best 11 teams of 2019 alongside Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Mohammad Salah.

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