Mane named African footballer of the year

Senegal's Sadio Mane was awarded his trophy as Africa's best player of 2019 in Egypt

Sadio Mane has been named African Footballer of the Year after a year in which he won the Champions League with Liverpool and led Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Mane, 27, wins the award for the first time after finishing runner-up to his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah of Egypt in 2017 and 2018.

Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez was second while Salah was third in a poll of national team coaches and captains.

Mane was handed his award at the Confederation of African Football's annual gala in Hurgada, Egypt.

"Football is my job, I love it. I am really happy and proud to win this award," Mane said.

"I would like to thank all the Senegalese people, they push always me. I must also thank my (Senegal) coach, Aliou Cisse and Liverpool, all my team mates there."

It is the second successive year that the top three are all from English clubs and only the third time since the award was introduced that the leading trio all play in the same league.

In 1991, the top three all came from French clubs.

Mahrez, 28, captained Algeria to Africa Cup of Nations success in July and won the Premier League with City. He was African Footballer of the Year in 2016.

Mane is only the second Senegalese to win the award after El Hadji Diouf, who was the winner in 2001 and 2002.