Sadio Mane has been crowned the 2022 Africa Player of the Year at the CAF football awards held in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday evening. The 30-year-old Senegal attacker beat off competition from compatriot Edouard Mendy and former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah.
The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations winner was presented with the award at a colourful ceremony in Rabat.
Mane has successfully defended his crown after being the last player to win the award before COVID-19 forced the suspension of the event.
The new Bayern Munich forward had a successful campaign last season, helping Liverpool win the a domestic double of FA Cup and the Carabao Cup. He was also a part of the Liverpool team that reached the final of the UEFA Champions League last season. Internationally, he played a key role as Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history. The Teranga Lions also beat Egypt to qualify for the World Cup.
By Ferdinand A Baah, Sports Journalist