Liverpool star, Sadio Mane has beaten his team-mate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez to clinch CAF African Player of the Year award for 2019.
The Senegal international placed in the top three in each of the previous three years, finishing runner-up to Salah in 2017 and 2018, and third in 2016, when Mahrez came first.
But the 27-year-old has now claimed Africa’s top individual prize after establishing himself among the world’s top players.
“I am very happy and so proud to win the award this year,” Mane said upon receiving the accolade.
“I love football and anything related to it, I am glad to be here with all of you. I dedicate this award to my family, my team-mates in Liverpool, my manager Jurgen Klopp and all of the Egyptians.
“It is a great day for me and for my career. I would like to thank all of the Senegalese who supported me during my journey. I am feeling happy because they will be glad watching me winning this award, especially the people in my village whom I promised I would win Player of the Year. I would like to thank them in French to best express my feelings.
“I cannot describe my feelings after winning this award and these emotions which surround me in Egypt. Thank you, everyone.”
Mane was the co-winner of the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals, sharing the award with his fellow African stars Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.