Sadio Mane has been topped the 2022 African Footballer of the 12 months forward of former Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The Senegal ahead was named the continent’s participant of the 12 months on the Confederation of African Soccer Awards ceremony in Rabat on Thursday evening. It’s the second time Mane has received the award.
Solely 4 different gamers have received the award in consecutive years, with Mane becoming a member of Salah, El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure to say back-to-back gongs.
Bayern Munich summer season signing Mane is now closing in on Eto’o and Toure, who each received the prize a report 4 instances.
Mane stated: ‘I’m actually honoured to be right here for the fifth time and I’m delighted to obtain this honour tonight.
‘I’ve to thank my colleagues at membership stage and the nationwide staff. I’m very emotional, I don’t have the phrases to precise myself.’
Mane performed a starring position in Senegal’s maiden Africa Cup of Nations triumph earlier within the 12 months, scoring the decisive penalty which noticed his facet elevate the trophy in opposition to Egypt.
The 30-year-old was named Participant of the Event after Senegal’s emotional win and subsequently helped his nation qualify for the World Cup.
Within the home recreation, Mane loved one other very good season for Liverpool, scoring 23 targets as Jurgen Klopp’s facet received the FA Cup and League Cup, reached the Champions League ultimate and completed one level behind Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis.
Whereas Mane loved a superb 12 months for membership and nation, so did Liverpool ahead Salah and Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy, who had been additionally in rivalry for the distinguished Caf award.
Salah scored 27 targets and made 14 assists in all competitions and led Egypt to the AFCON ultimate and to the verge of World Cup qualification.
Mendy, in the meantime, was a stable presence in purpose for African champions Senegal and Premier League facet Chelsea, who reached two home rivals and completed third within the English top-flight.
Mane ended his six-year affiliation with Liverpool earlier in the summertime, becoming a member of German champions Bayern Munich in a deal value £35m.
Klopp paid tribute to the departing star on the time, saying: ‘It’s a giant second. There is no such thing as a level in anybody attempting to fake in any other case.
‘Considered one of Liverpool’s biggest ever gamers is leaving and we should acknowledge how vital that is.
‘He leaves with our gratitude and our love. He leaves together with his standing among the many greats assured. And, sure, he leaves in a second the place he is likely one of the greatest gamers in world soccer.
‘However we should not dwell on what we now lose, as a substitute rejoice what we had been privileged to have.
‘The targets he scored, the trophies he received; a legend, for certain, but in addition a modern-day Liverpool icon.
‘I respect utterly his determination and I’m certain our supporters do additionally. Should you love LFC, it’s important to love Sadio – non-negotiable. It’s doable to do that whereas accepting our loss is Bayern’s achieve.
‘We want him nothing however success in each match he performs in, until, after all, it’s in opposition to us. His star will proceed to rise, I’ve no doubts.’
Caf males’s awards in full
Membership of the 12 months (Males) – Wydad Athletic Membership
Interclub Participant of the 12 months (Males) – Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)
Younger Participant of the 12 months (Males) – Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Tottenham Hotspur)
Nationwide Crew of the 12 months (Males) – Senegal
Objective of the 12 months- Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal & Simba)
Coach of the 12 months – (Males) – Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
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