Senegal's Sadio Mane receives the African footballer of the year award. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO – 9 January 2020: Senegalese International, Sadio Mane, was crowned the African Player of the Year award on Tuesday in Egypt to be the first Senegalese to win the trophy since El Hadji Diouf in 2002.
Mane scheduled a trip to Senegal but he missed it due to travel disruption as his team, Liverpool, are facing a tough clash on Saturday against Tottenham.
“It was my plan to first fly to Senegal to thank the people of my country and recognise them for everything they have given me on my journey, but unfortunately we were unable to make the visit.” Mane said on Thursday.
Sadio Mani attended the CAF party that took place in Hurghada, Egypt, and received the award from Ahmed Ahmed, president of the Confederation of African Football Association, "CAF", while Mohamed Salah and Riyadh Mahrez were absent from the ceremony.
Mane added "I am of course very happy and proud to win this award and I want to dedicate it to everyone who has helped me on my journey from the very beginning.”
Sadio Mane, the Senegalese star during 2019, participated in 52 games, scored 31 goals and provided 13 assists and he played a massive part in his team’s journey to win UEFA Champions League, European Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.