Sadio Mane, the 27-year old Senegalese and Liverpool striker is African Player year for the first time on Tuesday at the 2019 CAF Awards ceremony held in Egypt.
Mane beat his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah of Egypt who won the award the last two years, as well as Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City).
According to CAF statistics, the Senegalese scored 34 goals and made 12 assists in 61 appearances last year.
Sadio is considered as one of the best players in the world in 2019. He finished as the league’s joint-top goalscorer in the 2018–19 season, winning the Premier League Golden Boot. The same year, he finished fourth for the Ballon d’Or and fifth for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award.
Sadio Mane has 178 premier league appearances, scored 77 goals and produced 28 assists. Honours and Awards include one golden boot in 2018/2019 and three times player of the month – August 2017, March 2019 and November 2019.
These and many others are why on 7 January 2020 he was named the African Footballer of the Year for 2019.