Good morning to all our readers out there, it’s time to check out the latest sports news today Wednesday January 8, 2020
Starting from the 2019 CAF Awards that held in Egypt last night…
Senegalese and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has been crowned the winner of the CAF 2019 African Player of the Year award for the very first time in his career.
He beats club teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez to the award with 477 votes as against Salah’s 325 and Mahrez’s 267.
Mane had a good 2019 where he won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup. He also got to the final of the African Cup of Nations with Senegal before losing out to Algeria. He scored 32 goals in a total of 53 matches for Liverpool.
In the female category, Nigeria and Barcelona star Asisat Oshoala was crowned the winner of the best female player in the tournament for 2019 beating South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana and Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout to the award he has now claimed for the fourth time, equalling compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha’s record who also won it four times.
Borussia Dortmund and Morocco right-back Achraf Hakimi was named the Young player of the Year for 2019 beating Nigeria’s duo Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze who play for Lille and Villarreal respectively. Hakimi has been in fine form for his club this season which has seen him scored six goals and provided six assists. His performance level has also prompted parent club Real Madrid to want him back in their team as soon as possible.
Cameroon was named the women’s team of the year while Algeria took the men’s category.
South Africa’s women’s national team coach Desiree Ellis won the Woman’s Coach of the Year award, an award she also won last year. Algeria’s men national team coach Djamel Belmadi was crowned the winner of the Men’s category.
Riyad Mahrez’s goal against Nigeria in the Semi-final of last year’s AFCON was named the best goal of the year.
The CAF Fifpro 11, that is the best 11 in the continent for the year are as follows…
Andre Onana (Ajax and Cameroon), Achraf Hakimi (Dortmund and Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli and Senegal), Joel Matip (Liverpool and Cameroon), Serge Aurier (Tottenham and Ivory Coast), Idrissa Gueye (PSG and Senegal), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax and Morocco), Riyad Mahrez (Man City and Algeria), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool and Egypt), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal and Gabon), Sadio Mane (Liverpool and Senegal).
The next edition will most likely come next year, congratulations to all the winners of different categories.