Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich has won the African Footballer of the Year award a second time. This year at the Africa Cup of Nations, the player made the game-winning penalty kick for Senegal.
On Thursday, the Confederation of African Football named Senegalese striker Sadio Mane the African Player of the Year.
The award follows a year in which Mane scored the decisive penalty kick for Senegal and represented his former team, Liverpool, in the Champions League final.
In the voting, Mane came in just ahead of fellow Senegalese Edouard Mendy and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, a former Liverpool teammate.
The 30-year-old, who last month made an initial €32 million ($32.5 million) move to join Bundesliga champions Bayern, has now won the prize twice.
He was the 2019 prize recipient. Subsequently, the yearly celebration of African football was not held by the Confederation of African Football due to Covid-19.
Mane made a cross-Atlantic rush after converting a penalty for his new team in a 6-2 preseason friendly win over DC United in order to claim the trophy in the Moroccan capital of Rabat.
Senegal defeated Egypt 4-2 in a penalty shootout in February, with Mane scoring the decisive fifth penalty to give his nation its first Africa Cup of Nations championship.
He represented Liverpool in the Champions League final, however the performance was disappointing as the English club was defeated 1-0 by Real Madrid.