CAF Awards... Mane, Oshoala emerge as African Footballers of 2019 - aksu360

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CAF Awards... Mane, Oshoala emerge as African Footballers of 2019

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The 28th edition of the CAF Awards celebrated African footballers and officials who distinguished themselves during 2019. Mane was crowned the African Player of the Year, polling 477 votes ahead of his Liverpool teammate Mohamd Salah, 325 votes and Algeria's Riyad Mahrez, 267 votes.

Mane, collected the prize from CAF President Ahmad Ahmad and said: “I'm very happy and proud to win this award. I thank my teammates at the Senegal national team and also my club, Liverpool for their support".

The 27-year-old claimed his maiden award after a stellar year with Liverpool and Senegal, which saw him share the Premier League Golden Boot award, win the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, and earn a runners-up medal at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane is only the second Senegalese footballer to claim the award, after ex-Red El Hadji-Diouf triumphs in 2002, and the fourth from Liverpool after Salah walked away with the prestigious trophy in 2017 and 2018.

For the Women’s category, Oshoala was named African Women’s Player of the Year for the fourth time, equaling the record of her compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha. She garnered 351 votes, 30 more than Cameroonian forward Ajara Nchout and Thembi Kgatlana, who had 247 votes.

The 2019 ceremony also marked the fourth time that the Sedhiou-born forward featured on the podium at the awards, having ranked third in 2016 and runner-up to Salah in each of the last two years.

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