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Mane crowned African Player of the Year

Sadio Mane has been named African Footballer of the Year for 2019 after winning the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool and leading Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

The 27-year-old wins the award for the first time after finishing behind Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah in 2017 and 2018.

He is only the second Senegalese to win the award after El Hadji Diouf, who won it in 2001 and 2002.

“Football is my job, I love it. I am really happy and proud to win this award,” said Mane.

“I would like to thank all the Senegalese people, they push always me. I must also thank my (Senegal) coach, Aliou Cisse and Liverpool, all my team mates there.”

Mane was crowned following a voting session which involved head coaches, technical directors and captains of the senior national teams from CAF’s member association.

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