Sadio Mané of Champions League winners Liverpool is to be admitted for the first time African Footballer of the Year have been elected. The Senegalese received the award from the Caf Continental Association on Tuesday evening in Hurghada, Egypt. His team-mate Mohamed Salah finished second ahead of Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.
Mané won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019 and, along with Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal, became Arsenal’s top scorer in the Premier League (22 goals each). In 2019, Mané scored 36 goals in 64 games. The attacker is also showing his good form this season, currently being one of the top three scorers in the Premier League with 11 goals and six assists.
“To be honest, I’d rather play football than talk to so many people,” Mané said when he received the award. “I am very happy and proud.” In the past two years, Salah had won ahead of Mané and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Mahrez received the award in 2016.
As African Footballer of the Year Asisat Oshoala was awarded by FC Barcelona. The Nigerian striker won the award for the fourth time after 2014, 2016 and 2017. In doing so, she equalled previous record winner Perpetua Nkwocha.
Last season, Oshoala reached the Champions League final with Barca and scored their team’s only goal in the 4-1 defeat to Olympique Lyon. Barcelona finished runner-up in the Primera Division with Oshoala.
“Thank God, my family, my friends and fans for their support,” Oshoala tweeted, also thanking her club and her teammates on the national team.
Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi has been named for the second year in a row Africa’s Young Player of the Year I’m not. The Moroccan has excelled in the current Champions League season as an outside defender with four goals in six games so far.