Bayern Munich’s new Senegalese striker Sadio Mane was named African Footballer of the Year 2022 at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) gala in Rabat on Thursday.
Mane outperformed his compatriot Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool striker.
“I am very happy with this award and I have strong feelings at the moment, I want to thank the president of the Senegalese federation, my coach in the national team, Aliou Cisse, and my teammates,” Mane said after receiving his award from the president of the Confederation of African Football, Patrice Motsebe.
It is the second time that Mane has won this prestigious award after 2019, when he was a Liverpool player, knowing that the award was canceled in the last two years due to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mane played a key role in leading the Senegalese team to defeat the Pharaohs led by Salah in the 2021-2022 African Cup of Nations final, and then in another playoff match to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The two confrontations that took place in Cameroon and Senegal in favor of the “Teranga Lions” ended in penalties, where Mane scored his two kicks both times, knowing that the Senegalese victory at the time had been decided before Salah reached his role in the payment, but Salah missed his kick in the second and decisive confrontation to qualify for the World Cup. .
Mane also contributed significantly to his former team Liverpool’s winning of two titles last season by winning the FA Cup and the League Cup, knowing that his team lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid 0-1, and finished runners-up by one point from Manchester City, the English Premier League champion. .
Mane became the first star from Bayern Munich to be chosen as the best African footballer, and Mane moved to Bayern last month in a three-year deal from Liverpool, which he joined in 2016 from Southampton.
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