Senegal’s Sadio Mané and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala have been crowned African Footballers of the Year – both winning back to back at the ceremony in Rabat, Morocco.
Mané struck the decisive spot-kick in a tense shootout as Senegal won their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations in the final against Egypt.
Having missed a penalty early in the game, Mané kicked the ball past goalkeeper Mohamed Abou Gabal to give his side a 4-2 victory on penalties – securing Senegal’s first-ever continental championship against the seven-time tournament winner.
The 30-year-old striker, who last month signed a three-year contract with Bayern Munich, last won the accolade in 2019 when he was with Liverpool.
It was a big night for Senegal, who had five awards to celebrate, with Aliou Cissé as Coach of the Year, Pape Matar Sarr named Young Player of the Year, Pape Ousmane Sakho as Goal of the Year. year and Senegal crowned National Team of the Year. Year.
Meanwhile, Barcelona striker Oshoala has won the Women’s Player of the Year award for a record fifth time, overtaking fellow Nigerian Perpetua Nkwocha’s four.
Oshoala won the award ahead of Ajara Nchout Njoya of Cameroon and Inter Milan and Grace Chanda of Zambia.
She was forced to miss this year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations due to injury.
Earlier this year, she became the first African woman to win the Pichichi award, given to the top scorer in the Spanish league.
This year’s National Women’s Team of the Year will be announced after Saturday’s TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final between hosts Morocco and South Africa.