Sadio Mane won his first African Footballer of the Year award on Tuesday, January 7, in his third attempt as a nominee.
The Liverpool striker beat his club teammate Mohamed Salah who has been the winner for the past two years.
The Senegal international has never hidden his love and affection for the people in his village called Bambali.
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"It is a big day for me and I would love to thank all the Senegalese people who have been voting for me. I’m from a very small village called Bambali and I’m sure they are all watching me tonight.
"I am really happy and very proud to win this."
Mane's form in the past and present season has been remarkable, helping Liverpool win their sixth Champions League title.
The former Southampton striker scored 30 goals in all competitions last season and lost the 2019 Ballon d'Or award to Lionel Messi as he finished fourth.
Mane was part of the Senegal that finished second in the AFCON 2019 tournament scoring two goals for his country.
He once said that it will be honourable winning the AFCON tournament for Senegal than the European Champions League.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Mohamed Salah has congratulated his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane after emerging as the new Africa Footballer of the Year.
The Senegalese striker who finished in the final three podiums in the last two years behind Salah, finally scooped the accolade for the first time.
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