Sadio Mane has been named the African footballer of the year for 2022. He won the award ahead of former Liverpool teammate, Mohammed Salah and Chelsea’s Eduard Mendy.
The Senegal captain was announced as the 2022 winner at the Confederation of African Football’s awards ceremony in Rabat, Morocco on Thursday.
Mane was in Morocco to collect his award in person as Eduard Mendy and Mohammed Salah failed to grace the occasion.
Salah was the standout player in England’s Premier League last season, winning the Golden Boot with 23 goals and topping the assists chart with 13.
However, he was unable to win the award ahead of Mane who left Liverpool for Bayern Munich in June.
Mane’s Senegal beat Salah’s Egypt in the Africa Cup of Nations final in February and then again in a World Cup qualification play-off in March.
Mane is the sixth player to have been named African Footballer of the Year on exactly two occasions.
The others are Salah, Didier Drogba, Roger Milla, Nwankwo Kanu and El Hadji Diouf.
George Weah and Abedi Pele are both three-time winners, while Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure have won the award four times each.
Men’s African Footballer Of The Year In Full
Club of the Year (Men) – Wydad Athletic Club
Interclub Player of the Year (Men) – Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)
Young Player of the Year (Men) – Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Tottenham Hotspur)
National Team of the Year (Men) – Senegal
Goal of the Year- Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal & Simba)
Coach of the Year – (Men) – Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
Asisat Oshoala Wins African Women’s Player of the Year award
Nigeria and Barcelona talisman Asisat Oshoala was named the 2022 African Women’s Player of the Year at the Caf Awards ceremony in Rabat on Thursday.
The 27-year-old picked the award ahead of Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon and Inter Milan) and Zambia international Grace Chanda (Zambia and BIIK Kazygurt).
With this, she becomes the first African to win this prestigious for a record five times, overtaking Perpetua Nkwocha who claimed the accolade on four occasions.
Women’s African Footballer Of The Year Award In Full
Club of the Year (Women) – Mamelodi Sundowns
Interclub Player of the Year (Women) – Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)
Young Player of the Year (Women) – Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)
Coach of the Year (Women) – Desiree Ellis (South Africa)