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Mane was crowned the African Player of the Year, polling 477 votes ahead of his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, 325 votes and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez, 267 votes.
Mane crowned Africa's best footballer 2019.
Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been crowned 2019 Africa Player of the Year.

Mane beat his Liverpool teammate and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah and Algeria and Manchester City’s Riyad Mehrez to the crown after his fourth attempt.

“This is a very special day for me because it has always been my target to be Africa’s best footballer and win this Award,” said Mane who led Senegal to second place in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) where they lost to Algeria.

Mane was crowned the African Player of the Year, polling 477 votes ahead of his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, 325 votes and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez, 267 votes.

Mane and Asisat Oshoala were crowned as African Player of the Year and African Women’s Player of the Year at the CAF Awards 2019 held at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh Resort in Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday night.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad also graced the colourful ceremony.

“I'm very happy and proud to win this award. I thank my teammates at the Senegal national team and also my club, Liverpool for their support,” added Mane after receiving the Award from CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.

Youcef Belaili won the prize of Inter Club’s Best Player of the Year for helping Esperance win the CAF Champions League. The Youth Player of the Year award went to Moroccan Achraf Hakimi whilst Djamel Belmadi and Desiree Ellis picked the Coach of the Year male and female respectively.

Tanzanian afro-pop star, Diamond Platinumz thrilled the audience with a live show of his music that saw the guests dancing in their seats.

Uganda FA President Moses Hassim Magogo who was expected to attend the ceremony did not show-up, while former Uganda women's international Jean Sseninde attended as a CAF guest.

Former African and Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o partnered Egyptian Mariam Amin as presenters of the ceremony and was assisted by Moroccan Fayrouz Al Karawani.

Award Winners

African Player of the Year

- Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

African Women’s Player of the Year

- Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona) 

African Interclubs Player of the Year

- Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)

African Youth Player of the Year

- Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)

African Men’s Coach of the Year

- Djamel Belmadi (Algeria - Algeria)

African Women’s Coach of the Year

-Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

African Men’s National Team of the Year

- Algeria

African Women’s National Team of the Year

- Cameroon

Federation of the Year

- Egyptian Football Association

Special Award

- Kojovi Obilale (former Togolese goalkeeper)

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