The Liverpool Striker and Senegal International has been named the male best player of the African continent for 2019.
Recall, Mane led his Senegal team to the final of the last Africa Nations Cup of 2019 where they lost to Algeria.
Mane also assisted his English club, Liverpool to win their long awaited champions league trophy in 2019 and FIFA world cup.
The 27-year old Senegalese striker was up against his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the award the last two years, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City.
“I am really happy and at the same time I am really proud to win this award,” said Mane at the ceremony organised by the Confederation of African Football in the Egyptian Red Sea city of Hurghada.
“It’s a big day for me.”
Mane scored 34 goal and produced 12 assists in 61 appearances in 2019, according to CAF statistics.
Neither Salah nor Mahrez, who was playing for Manchester City, attended the CAF’s awards gala on Tuesday.