Sadio Mane: Bayern Munich striker named African Footballer of 12 months on memorable evening for Senegal

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Sadio Mane with the Africa Cup of Nations trophy
Sadio Mane scored three objectives at this yr’s Africa Cup of Nations – and the successful penalty within the closing shootout – as Senegal received their first continental title

Senegal’s Sadio Mane was topped African Footballer of the 12 months for the second time working on the Confederation of African Soccer (Caf) awards ceremony within the Moroccan capital Rabat.

Mane scored the successful penalty as Senegal beat Egypt in a shootout on this yr’s Africa Cup of Nations closing to lift the trophy for the primary time.

The awards returned for the primary time in three years after being suspended by the coronavirus pandemic, with Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala additionally retaining the title she received in 2019.

“I’m very, very glad to obtain the trophy this yr,” Mane, 30, mentioned as he collected his prize.

Mane beat compatriot and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy in addition to former Liverpool team-mate Salah, whose Egypt aspect misplaced February’s closing.

“I thank the Senegalese folks, and dedicate this trophy to the youth of my nation,” added Mane, who additionally helped Senegal attain the World Cup and received two home cups with Liverpool.

Mane’s prize was one in all 5 picked up by Senegal in a complete of seven males’s classes after an evening to recollect for the West African nation.

Lengthy-standing Senegalese boss Aliou Cisse received coach of the yr, along with his aspect named males’s staff of the yr, whereas Pape Sarr was named younger participant of the yr and one other Senegalese, Pape Ousmane Sakho, received greatest objective for his overhead kick for Tanzanian aspect Simba.

“We waited a very long time for this Nations Cup,” mentioned Augustin Senghor, the president of Senegal’s soccer federation. “We’re a superb instance to all these groups who haven’t but received (the event).”

Sarr, who appeared simply as soon as throughout Senegal’s historic Nations Cup triumph, received an award beforehand lifted by Salah himself after his season on mortgage with French aspect Metz, so edging out Purple Bull Salzburg’s Ivorian Karim Konate and Manchester United’s Tunisian Hannibal Mejbri.

A number of African soccer legends comparable to Daniel Amokachi, Lucas Radebe, Jay-Jay Okocha, Geremi Njitap and Senegalese duo El Hadji Diouf and Khalilou Fadiga – who celebrated on stage with Mane – have been in attendance for the awards on the Mohamed VI complicated.

African and Moroccan champions Wydad Casablanca took the membership of the yr prize for the second time in a row, whereas Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy, whose Nations Cup ended early due to damage, was named the interclub participant of the yr.

Historical past for Oshoala

Asisat Oshoala with the Copa de la Reina trophy
Oshoala helped Barcelona win the Spanish title and the Copa de la Reina

After a stellar season during which she received Spain’s Pichichi award for the highest scorer, Oshoala turned the primary participant to win 5 ladies’s awards, having beforehand shared eight with compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha.

She was voted forward of Cameroon’s Inter Milan participant Ajara Nchout Njoya and Grace Chanda, whose Zambia aspect certified for the Girls’s World Cup for the primary time earlier this month.

“It is a record-breaking evening for me, as a person and for Africa as an entire – I’ve received 5 right now, 5!” Oshoala exclaimed.

“2021-22 season was actually robust for me as a person, and I might prefer to thank everybody who has stood by me.

“In case you do not fall, you do not know the ability of comeback and what comeback means,” mentioned a participant who managed her scoring feats regardless of a prolonged spell out with damage.

Oshoala devoted her award to Nigeria’s Tremendous Falcons, praising the staff for the guts they confirmed when shedding Monday’s Girls’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) semi-final on penalties regardless of enjoying almost an hour two women down.

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis was named ladies’s coach of the yr for the third time in a row, after earlier successes in 2018 and 2019.

One in every of simply three ladies’s coaches at a Wafcon that includes 12 sides for the primary time, Ellis – whose aspect can win the trophy for the primary time on Saturday – devoted her honour to her fellow feminine coaches.

The ladies’s staff of the yr can be introduced after Saturday’s closing, when Banyana Banyana meet hosts Morocco in a closing whose attendance is predicted to beat the report 45,000 set on Monday evening.

The final twelve months have proved historic for ladies’s soccer in Africa, after the inaugural African Champions League happened in late 2021 – with winners Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa named membership of the yr.

In the meantime, Ghana’s Evelyn Badu, who was with Hasaacas Girls earlier than shifting to Norway, took each the younger participant and first interclub participant award.

2022 Caf awards winners:

Participant of the 12 months (males): Sadio Mane (Senegal & Bayern Munich)

Participant of the 12 months (ladies): Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)

Coach of the 12 months (males): Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Coach of the 12 months (ladies): Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Nationwide Group of the 12 months (males): Senegal.

Younger Participant of the 12 months (ladies): Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Girls/Alvaldsnes)

Younger Participant of the 12 months (males): Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Tottenham Hotspur)

Membership of the 12 months (ladies): Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa).

Membership of the 12 months (males): Wydad Athletic Membership (Morocco).

Interclub Participant of the 12 months (ladies): Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Girls/Alvaldsnes)

Interclub Participant of the 12 months (males): Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly).

Aim of the 12 months: Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal & Simba).

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