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mardi 7 janvier 2020

liverpool and senegal forward named caf african player of the year 2020

Liverpool nd Senegal forward named caf African player of the year 2020

liverpool and senegal forward named caf african player of the year 2020
liverpool and senegal forward named caf african player of the year 2020
Liverpool's Sadio Mane has been named the Confederation of African Football's (Caf) Player of the Year 2020

The Senegal forward beat Liverpool team-mate and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah and Manchester City's Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez to the award.

Mane, 27, helped the Reds to the 2018-19 Champions League title, scoring 30 goals altogether competitions last season.

He has scored 15 goals thus far in 2019-20, with Liverpool 13 points clear at the highest of the Premier League table.

"I'm really happy and proud to win this. Football is my job, I love it," said Mane.

"I would really like to thank my family, my national team, staff, the federation and Liverpool Football Club. it is a big day on behalf of me ."

Mane collected his award at a ceremony in Hurghada, Egypt but neither Salah, who had won the award in both the past two years, nor Mahrez were present.

Mane has finished within the award's top three for the last three years, and has long targeted the prize so as to emulate the achievement of 1 of his heroes, former Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf, who won it in 2002.

Premier League well represented in African best XI - the opposite awards
Mahrez did win one award - the African goal of the year for a free-kick he scored for Algeria against Nigeria in his country's Afcon semi-final victory.

Salah, Mane and Mahrez all made the African best XI team, along side three other Premier League-based players - Liverpool centre-half Joel Matip, Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

African best XI: Andre Onana (Ajax/Cameroon), Achraf Hakimi (Borussia Dortmund/Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/Senegal), Joel Matip (Liverpool/Cameroon), Serge Aurier (Tottenham/Ivory Coast), Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City/Algeria), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Paris St-Germain/Senegal), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax/Morocco), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt), Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal/Gabon)

Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi, 21, who plays for Borussia Dortmund on loan from Real Madrid, was the winner of the Youth Player of the Year award.

Nigeria and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala was named the African Women's Player of the Year before Valerenga and Cameroon forward Ajara Nchout and Beijing BG Phoenix and South Africa forward Thembi Kgatlana.
Cameroon, who lost 3-0 to England within the last 16 of the 2019 Women's World Cup , picked up the prize for African Women's National Team of the Year, with Africa Cup of countries winners Algeria taking the men's honour.

Djamel Belmadi, who guided Algeria to the Afcon title, won Men's Coach of the Year, with Diseree Ellis, the coach of the South Africa national team, winning the women's award.

Analysis - a really special moment for Mane

This will be a really emotional moment for Sadio Mane. He once told me that his two heroes growing up were Ronaldinho and El Hadji Diouf, who is that the only other Senegal player to possess won the African Footballer of the Year prize before.

Diouf was a part of Senegal's famous 2002 World Cup team that made an enormous impression on Mane watching on from home as an impressionable 11-year-old.

So after narrowly missing out for the last three years, finally winning that trophy back for Senegal are going to be very special. He's always been extremely keen to form his fans in his home country happy and never forgets where he came from. Now, subsequent target will surely be the Ballon d'Or prize.

When I last interviewed him he was very modest about being a contender for that award but i feel it'll be in his sights within the next few years. Remember, he was Lionel Messi's favorite choice last year.

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