Liverpool and Senegal's forward, Sadio Mane has been named the Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The 27-year old was a key part in Liverpool securing the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions League title. He scored 30 goals in all competitions last season and has scored 15 so far in the 2019-2020 season.
"I'm really happy and proud to win this. Football is my job, I love it," said Mane. "I would like to thank my family, my national team, staff, the federation and Liverpool Football Club. It's a big day for me."
Mane received his award at a ceremony in Hurghada, Egypt but neither Salah, who had won the award in both the past two years nor Mahrez were present. Mane has finished in the award's top three for the last three years and has long targeted the prize in order to emulate the achievement of one of his heroes, former Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf, who won it in 2002.