No reason why Mane should not emerge Africa’s best -Diouf

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 At the last one held in Dakar, Senegal, homeboy Mane garnered 440 points to finish second behind teammate and eventual winner Mohammed Salah who got 567 votes. Arsenal forward and Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang finished in the third place just like he did in the 2017 edition with 197 points. Two time African footballer of the year El Hadji Diouf Aubameyang this time missed the chance to make the top three as Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez joined the Liverpool duo to make the top three.  The continent’s best player will be named in Hurghada Egypt today. Salah has been named Africa’s best footballer in the past two years with Mane coming second on both occasions, while Mahrez won the 2016 title, a year when Mane was the third best. Mane is however not the only one facing a challenge in his quest to win the converted award. Taranga Lions coach Aliou Cisse who to the team to the final in Egypt is also in the running for coach of the year against Algeria’s Djamel Belmad. Both coaches slugged it out in the finals of the Nations cup at the Cairo international stadium July 19 with Algeria running away with a lone goal by Baghdad Bounedjah in the 2nd minute of the match. Promoted ContentWondering What And When Will Finally Be The Undoing Of Us?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldTop 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone Movies Loading… Former Senegal international El Hadji Diouf believes there is no reason why compatriot and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane should not win this year’s African footballer of the year. Diouf who is a two time African footballer of the year winner having clinched the converted award in 2001 and 2002, insists Mane has worked hard enough to deserve the gong. As far as the former Rennes star whose goal against France in the 2002 World Cup remains a reference point is concerned, Mane had a wonderful season and the award will be a befitting way of crowning that effort. “I am a thousand percent convinced of the coronation of Sadio [Mane],” Diouf told Senegal Press Agency. “Sadio Mane has had a successful season to claim the title of best African footballer [award]. I am very proud of what he did and if it was up to me, a Senegalese will win the title,” he enthused Mane who was impressive for Taranga Lions despite the team’s failure to win the Nations cup in Egypt has thrice been named on the final list, but has never been crowned the best player on the African continent.Advertisementlast_img read more