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ALL HAIL SADIO MANE, THE KING OF AFRICAN FOOTBALL!

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After a fourth attempt on the podium, Senegal and Liverpool star, Sadio Mane was on Tuesday named the African Footballer of the Year 2019.

He beat his club mate in Liverpool, Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Algeria and Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez.

Mane was Senegal’s main man at the 2019 AFCON where he netted three goals on the Teranga Lions’ path to the final where they lost by a solitary goal to Algeria. He netted a brace in the 3-0 group phase victory over Kenya and added one more in the round of 16 1-0 win over Uganda.

He was also a vital part of the team as they beat Benin and Tunisia in the quarters and semis respectively, his influence playing a big role in Senegal’s run to the final.

Here is how the previous three editions where he has been a finalist have gone;

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2016: Mahrez (1st), Aubameyang (2nd), Mane (3rd)

2017: Salah (1st), Aubameyang (2nd), Mane (3rd)2018: Salah (1st), Mane (2nd), Aubameyang (3r

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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