Egyptian football star and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah congratulated his Senegalese teammate Sadio Mane after the latter won the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) African Player of the Year Award for 2019.
Salah published a picture of Mane while holding the prize on a story on his official Instagram account with the caption “Congratulations brother.”
Sadio Mane was named African Player of the Year for 2019 on Tuesday after winning the Champions League with Liverpool and leading Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Mane scored 26 goals in all competitions last season and won the Premier League Golden Boot award in 2019 with 22 goals, alongside his teammate Salah and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced in December 2019 the final list of candidates for the African Player of the Year award, which included Salah, who came in second place, and Algeria Riyad Mahrez, who came in third.
Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez, Algeria’s Youssef al-Bailili, Cameroon’s Andre Onana, Morocco’s Hakim Ziach, Algeria’s Ismail Ben Nacer, Senegal’s Caledo Coulibaly, and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were all shortlisted for the award.
The winner was announced during a ceremony held on Tuesday for the first time in Egypt in the Red Sea coastal city of Hurghada, in the presence of a number of prominent African football legends.
Salah won the African Player of the Year award in 2017 and again in 2018.
The CAF awards celebrate African footballers and officials, and the list of nominees is compiled by a panel of media and technical professionals, the CAF said.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm
Photo credit: Sadio Mane’s official Instagram account