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Sadio Mane Named the 2019 African Player of the Year

The Liverpool winger is the second Senegalese footballer to win the CAF award after El Hadji Diouf.

Yesterday, Senegalese footballer and Liverpool winger Sadio Mane was named the 2019 African Player of the Year at a ceremony held by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in Hurghada, Egypt.

According to Aljazeera, Mane's award comes after he led Liverpool to victory in the UEFA Champions League and played a major role in placing Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final. The award is his first ever after losing out to Liverpool teammate and Egypt's Mohamed Salah in 2017 and 2018.


Speaking after his well-deserved win, Mane said, "I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award. It's a big day for me." He also went on to thank the people from his village in Bambali, Senegal for their continuous support saying, "I would love to thank all the Senegalese people. They have been for me all the time, they push me."

According to CAF statistics, Mane scored an impressive 34 goals and 12 assists in his 61 appearances last year. Additionally, he shared the 2018/2019Premier League Golden Boot award with Salah and Arsenal's Gabonese player, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyangthe first time the award was shared by three players since 1998/1999. Mane was also shortlisted for the 2019 Ballon D'or alongside four other African players including Salah, Aubameyang, Algeria's Riyad Mahrez and Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly.

Mane now becomes the second Senegalese footballer to win the award after El Hadji Diouf who won it back in 2001 and 2002.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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