Mane crowned African Player of the Year

African Football

Liverpool and Senegal superstar Sadio Mane has been crowned the African Footballer of the Year at the 2019 CAF awards ceremony in Hurghada, Egypt.

Mane ousted Reds teammate Mohamed Salah and Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez for the top honour at the prestigious awards gala.

The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League winner and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finalist finished third in 2016 and second in 2017 and 2018.

However, the 27-year-old has now earned the title as the best men's footballer on the continent for the first time in his career - while Mahrez and Salah snubbed the ceremony on Tuesday evening.

The Best Men's Player based in Africa went to former Esperance playmaker Youcef Belaïli who lifted the CAF Champions League and AFCON title in 2019 with Algeria.

Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund wing-back Achraf Hakimi, on loan from Real Madrid, ousted Nigeria duo Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen to the Youth Player of the Year honour.

Banyana Banyana's Desiree Ellis walked away with the Women's Coach of the Year title for a second consecutive year after leading the nation to a historic FIFA World Cup in France last year.

The 2019 CAF award winners in full:

Men's Player of the Year:

  • Sadio Mane (Senegal and Liverpool)

Women's Player of the Year:

  • Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

African Interclubs Player of the Year:

  • Youcef Belaïli (Algeria and Esperance / Ahli Jeddah)

African Youth Player of the Year:

  • Achraf Hakimi (Morocco and Borussia Dortmund)

African Men's Coach of the Year:

  • Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)

African Women's Coach of the Year:

  • Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

African Men's National Team of the Year:

  • Algeria

African Women's National Team of the Year:

  • Cameroon

CAF Special Award:

  • Kodjovi Obilale (Togo)

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