Senegalese striker and Liverpool star, Sadio Mane has been crowned as the 2019 African Player of the Year.
The 27-year old 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) to clinch the prize for the first time.
Celebrating his success at the event, he said, “I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award. It’s a big day for me.”
The 21-year-old beat Nigerian duo of Victor Osimhen (Lille) and Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) to claim the prize.
According to CAF statistics, Mane scored 34 goals and made 12 assists in 61 appearances in 2019.