The CAF Awards 2022, Sadio Mane’s Excitement, And The Full List Of Winners

The CAF Awards 2022 was held on Thursday July 21 in Morocco’s noteworthy Mohamed VI Technical Center in Sale, Rabat, with Sadio Mane being crowned as the 2022 African Player of the Year, imitating his idol El Hadji Diouf as the second Senegalese to win consecutive awards.

The ceremony was graced by football kingpins. CAF Awards is one of the world’s biggest and most significant football celebrations, with this year’s own being an extraordinary one.

Emmanuel Adebayor, El Hadji Diouf, Mercy Akide, Rigobert Song, Claude Makelele, Lucas Radebe, Samuel Eto’o, Perpetua Nkwocha, Wael Gomaa and Kalusha Bwalya were only a portion of the African and world football hotshots who went to the sparkling event.

Due to the sparkling event, several players have complimented the organizers.

Banyana Banyana legend Amanda Dlamani said the awards were a huge step up from the times when she was still playing international football and provided huge motivation to show current players the global levels they can now attain in the game.

“I wish there was this type of reward when I was still playing. It sure is a great opportunity and motivation for players to really excel in the game. Seeing CAF Awards of this stature is really good for the development of African football,” said Dlamini.

Indomitable Lionesses star, Gaelle Moudio, also praised the organizers for putting up a magnificent awards.

“I didn’t think it could be so grandiose. It’s an iconic moment. Players have not always been recognized for their contribution, but today things have changed so much for the better for especially African women’s football,” said Moudio.

Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala claimed a record fifth African Player of the Year title. A few other players have hailed this year’s CAF Awards.

Meanwhile, Senegalese forward Sadio Mane, who roused Senegal to their memorable first Africa Cup of Nations title in February as well as leading the Teranga Lions to this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar, beat solid resistance from his compatriot Edouard Mendy and former Liverpool colleague Mohamed Salah.

“I am so excited to win this award. There are so many players that deserved this award, but I have been chosen. I am honoured and I thank everyone for this,” he said.

Mane took home 5 awards on the night:

🇸🇳 Men’s Coach of the Year.
🇸🇳 Men’s National Team of the Year.
🇸🇳 Goal of the Year.
🇸🇳 Men’s Player of the Year.
🇸🇳 Men’s Young Player of the Year.

5 awards for Senegal at the #CAFAwards2022. pic.twitter.com/EGXGjE2A0f

— #CAFAwards2022 (@CAF_Online) July 21, 2022.


Thursday’s award was Mane’s second, having won in 2019 when the event was hosted and held in Hurghada, Egypt.

The 30-year-old Mane scored 23 goals for Liverpool in all competitions last season before moving to Bayern Munich in Germany this summer.

Still not the King? Are you sure Sadio?#CAFAwards2022 https://t.co/pumkms5vsC pic.twitter.com/Ad9cpwtWPg

— #CAFAwards2022 (@CAF_Online) July 21, 2022

It was a big night for Senegal who also won National Team of the Year and for Aliou Cisse who was named the Coach of the Year. Simba’s Senegalese import Pape Sakho also walked away with the Goal of the Year.

Mane expressed his joy at this and said,

“I cannot explain this. It is so far the best year of Senegalese football. To collect all these awards, you have to believe first. It was hard work and we never stopped dreaming. We continued working hard and finally we got it.”

Mane and Senegal will expect to proceed with this soul in Qatar when they show up at the global masterpiece.

Mane, Oshoala leave with CAF Men’s and Women’s Players of the Year top award at CAF Awards.

Aliou Cisse was also pronounced the Coach of the Year, with Pape Matar Sarr bringing back home the Young Player of the Year. Senegal was named National Team of the Year.

Having won the 2022 award, Mane holds the CAF African Player of the Year title, subsequent to having additionally won the 2019 edition. He has recently left England’s Liverpool after a prize loaded spell with the Reds, becoming the German Bundesliga’s marquee player after getting all paperworks done for Bayern Munich.

Ghana’s Evelyn Badu scooped a twofold on the night as she won the women’s Interclub Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, after driving Hasaacas Ladies all the way to the final of the debut TotalEnergies Women’s Champions League and winning the competition’s Golden Boot.

The men’s Interclub Player of the Year was won by Al Ahly and Egypt goalkeeper and skipper, Mohamed El Shenawy.

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Senegalese Pape Ousmane Sakho won CAF’s Goal of the Year in the blended category for people for his staggering strike for Simba against Asec Mimosa in a TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup group game.

The Full List of Winners:

Player of the Year (Men):

Sadio Mane (Senegal and Bayern Munich)

Player of the Year (Women):

Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and FC Barcelona)

Interclub Player of the Year (Women):

Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)

Interclub Player of the Year (Men):

Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)

Young Player of the Year (Women):

Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)

Young Player of the Year (Men):

Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal and Tottenham Hotspur)

Coach of the Year (Women):

Desiree Ellis (South Africa)

Coach of the Year (Men):

Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Club of the Year (Women):

Mamelodi Sundowns (South Africa)

Club of the Year (Men):

Wydad Athletic Club (Morocco)

National Team of the Year (Men):

Senegal

National Team of the Year (Women):

South Africa

Goal of the Year:

Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal & Simba)

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