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Sadio Mané named Men's Footballer of the Year at the 2022 CAF Awards

Sadio Mane of Senegal was named African Footballer of the Year for the second time in a row at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) awards ceremony in Rabat, Morocco.

Mane scored the game-winning penalty as Senegal defeated Egypt in a shootout to win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time.

The awards were reintroduced after a three-year long break due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala retaining the title she won in 2019.

"I am very, very happy to receive the trophy this year," Mane, 30, said as he collected his prize.

Mane defeated compatriot and Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, as well as former Liverpool teammate Salah, whose Egypt side was defeated in the final in February.

"I thank the Senegalese people and dedicate this trophy to my country's youth," said Mane, who also helped Senegal qualify for the World Cup and won two domestic cups with Liverpool.

Mane's award was one of five won by Senegal in a total of seven men's categories on a memorable night for the West African country.

Long-serving Senegalese manager Aliou Cisse was named coach of the year, and his team was named men's team of the year, while Pape Sarr was named young player of the year and another Senegalese, Pape Ousmane Sakho, was named best goal for his overhead kick for Tanzanian side Simba.

"We've been waiting a long time for this Nations Cup," Augustin Senghor, president of Senegal's football federation, said. "We set a good example for all of the teams that have yet to win (the tournament)."

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