Soccer icon now President of Liberia George Weah, has congratulated Senegalese soccer star, Sadio Mane for winning the African Player of the Year Award.
President Weah in 1989, 1994 and 1995, was also named the African Footballer of the Year.
On his official twitter account the soccer icon wrote: “I wish to congratulate Sadio Mane for winning the African Player of the Year Award. I am very proud of him for such a landmark achievement; and hope that it will serve as an inspiration to other aspiring African professional footballers. It is my prayer that he will continue to represent his Country and Africa with grit and enthusiasm.”
Sadio Mane , the speedster edged Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah winner in 2017 and 2018 – and Algeria attacker Riyad Mahrez to the prestigious award.
Votes from head coaches/technical directors and captains of the senior national teams from CAF’s member associations saw Mane selected as the continent’s best footballer in 2019.
Sadio Mane has arrived back in Liverpool after winning the 2019 CAF African Player of the Year on Tuesday evening, but plans to return to Senegal as soon as there is time in the schedule.
Sane told Liverpoolfc.com upon arriving back on Merseyside: “I am of course very happy and proud to win this award and I want to dedicate it to everyone who has helped me on my journey from the very beginning.
“It was my plan to first fly to Senegal to thank the people of my country and recognise them for everything they have given me on my journey, but unfortunately we were unable to make the visit.
“Now we have a big match against Tottenham this weekend which I must focus on and be ready for, but it is true I am disappointed I was unable to return home to say thank you because of some problems beyond our control.
“So, I will return to Senegal as soon as possible because it is something very important to me – I will never forget what everybody did for me, everybody who believed in me and everybody who gave me the chance to play football.”