Liverpool and Senegal player Sadio Mané and Nigeria and FC Barcelona Women forward Asisat Oshoala have picked up the top awards for 2019 African Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year.
Both players were crowned at a star-studded ceremony in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada in Egypt, on Tuesday.
Mané won the award for the first time after beating club teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez. Also, Oshoala was named as women’s player of the year for a record fourth time.
The Senegal forward received his award from four-time winner Samuel Eto’o at the ceremony which was also attended by former Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, although Salah was not in attendance.
Having finished as runner-up to the Egypt forward for the last two years, Mané becomes the second Senegalese to win the award, after another Liverpool player, El Hadji-Diouf, in 2001 and 2002.
Mane was Senegal’s main man at the 2019 AFCON where he netted three goals on the Teranga Lions’ path to the final match but lost by a solitary goal to Algeria. He netted a brace in the 3-0 group phase victory over Kenya and added one more in the round of 16 1-0 win over Uganda.