Mane voted African player of the year for the 1st time

Liverpool's Sadio Mane, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at Anfield Stadium, in Liverpool, England, Friday, April 26, 2019.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

HURGHADA, Egypt (AP) — Sadio Mane was voted as African Footballer of the Year for the first time on Tuesday.

The Senegal forward beat Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez to the continent’s biggest individual soccer prize at a ceremony in Egypt.


Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala, who plays for Barcelona, was voted as women’s player of the year.

Mane has finished as runner-up to Salah the last two years, and was third in 2016 behind winner Mahrez.

He is the second Senegalese player to win the men’s award, after El Hadji-Diouf.