Sadio Mane crowned Africa's 2019 Player of the Year

By AFP

Mane was crowned African Player of the Year picked up 477 votes to Salah's 325, with Manchester City winger Mahrez receiving 267 votes.

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane was crowned on Tuesday as Africa's 2019 Player of the Year for the first time at an awards gala in Egypt on Tuesday.

 enegal winger adio ane speaks after winning the layer of the ear award during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Senegal winger Sadio Mane speaks after winning the Player of the Year award during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

The 27-year old Senegalese striker was up against his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the award the last two years, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City.

 enegal winger adio ane  receives the award for layer of the ear from hmad hmad resident of the onfederation of frican ootball during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Senegal winger Sadio Mane (L) receives the award for Player of the Year from Ahmad Ahmad, President of the Confederation of African Football, during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

 "I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award," said Mane at the ceremony organised by the Confederation of African Football in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Hurghada.

"It's a big day for me."

 enegal winger adio ane  receives the award for layer of the ear from hmad hmad resident of the onfederation of frican ootball during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Senegal winger Sadio Mane (L) receives the award for Player of the Year from Ahmad Ahmad, President of the Confederation of African Football, during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

Mane scored 34 goal and produced 12 assists in 61 appearances in 2019, according to CAF statistics.

 ormer ameroonian forward amuel too  congratulates enegal winger adio ane  for winning the layer of the ear award during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Former Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o (R) congratulates Senegal winger Sadio Mane (L) for winning the Player of the Year award during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

Neither Salah nor Mahrez, who was playing for Manchester City, attended the CAF's awards gala on Tuesday.

 rench coach rsene enger  presents the oal of the ear award to heiredine etchi president of the lgerian ootball ederation during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020  iyad ahrezs free kick in the 2019 frican up of ations semifinals was named as oal of the ear during the 2019  wards hoto by haled   French coach Arsene Wenger (L) presents the Goal of the Year award to Kheiredine Zetchi, president of the Algerian Football Federation, during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. - Riyad Mahrez's free kick in the 2019 African Cup of Nations semi-finals was named as Goal of the Year during the 2019 CAF Awards. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

Other male awards went to Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi, Algerian Youcef Belaili for African Interclubs Player of the Year and Algeria's national team.

ssa ayatou  resident of the onfederation of frican ootball and ameroon forward aelle nganamouit receive the award for omens ational eam of the ear during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Issa Hayatou (L), President of the Confederation of African Football, and Cameroon forward Gaelle Enganamouit receive the award for Women’s National Team of the Year during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

The award for the youth category was given to Morocco's Achraf Hakimi of Borussia Dortmund.

 hmad hmad  resident of the onfederation of frican ootball and ormer ameroonian forward amuel too  present former ogolese footballer odjovi bilale  with a special award during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada Ahmad Ahmad (L), President of the Confederation of African Football, and Former Cameroonian forward Samuel Eto'o (R) present former Togolese footballer Kodjovi Obilale (C) with a special award during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada

 

Female awardees included Nigerian Asisat Oshoala, South African coach Desiree Ellis, and Cameroon's women national team.

 outh frican coach iseree llis  coach of the outh frican womens national team receives the award omens oach of the ear during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   South African coach Diseree Ellis (R), coach of the South African women's national team, receives the award Women’s Coach of the Year during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

The Egyptian Football Association also won the Federation of the Year award.

 jamel elmadi  lgerian coach of the lgerian national team is presented with the ens oach of the ear trophy during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Djamel Belmadi (R), Algerian coach of the Algerian national team, is presented with the Men's Coach of the Year trophy during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)

 

 ancers perform during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Dancers perform during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)
 
 
 ireworks light the sky during the 2019  wards in the gyptian resort town of urghada on anuary 7 2020 hoto by haled   Fireworks light the sky during the 2019 CAF Awards in the Egyptian resort town of Hurghada on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)