Senegalese strike Sadio Mané, has won the 2022 African Player of the Year award, he beat his former Liverpool teammate and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah and fellow Senegalese teammate and Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy to win the award.
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His wining came after he passed his 2 closest competitors Mendy and Sallah in vote counts, and was awarded the trophy at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) awards ceremony in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Thursday night, July 22. In his acceptance speech, he said;
“I am very, very happy to receive the trophy this year,” Mane, 30, said as he collected his prize.
“I thank the Senegalese people, and dedicate this trophy to the youth of my country,” added Mane, who also helped Senegal reach the World Cup and won two domestic cups with Liverpool.
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Long-standing Senegalese boss Aliou Cisse won coach of the year, with his side named men’s team of the year, while Pape Sarr was named young player of the year and another Senegalese, Pape Ousmane Sakho, won best goal for his overhead kick for Tanzanian side Simba.
“We waited a long time for this Nations Cup,” said Augustin Senghor, the president of Senegal’s football federation. “We are a good example to all those teams who have not yet won (the tournament).”
South Africa coach Desiree Ellis was named women’s coach of the year for the third time in a row, after previous successes in 2018 and 2019.