Salah sends message to Sadio Mane after African Player of the Year win

Mohamed Salah has congratulated Sadio Mane after the Egyptian was denied a hat-trick of African Player of the Year awards by his Liverpool teammate. Senegal’s Mane picked up the 2019 award in Hurghada, Egypt on Tuesday evening, while Salah was back on Merseyside training with Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s visit to Tottenham Hotspur. Salah picked up the awards for both 2017 and 2018, but both he and Manchester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez, the 2016 winner, were pipped to the post by Mane this time around. Salah soon took to his Instagram Stories to pay tribute to his Reds teammate, posting an image of Mane with the award and tagging him along with the words “Congrats bro”.
A humble Mane thanked his Reds teammates upon accepting the gong in Cairo. “I am really happy and at the same time really proud to win this award,” he said. “I would like to thank my family, especially my uncle who is here today, without forgetting all the Egyptian people as well and of course my national team coach Aliou Cisse, my teammates with the national team and the staff at the Federation. “I also thank Liverpool Football Club, my teammates, the staff and everybody there. “It is a big day for me.. I don’t really know how to say it but I would love to thank all the Senegalese people. They have been with me all the time and they push me to do better. “Also the people from my village.. I have come very far, Bambali is a very small village and I am sure they are watching on the TV. “I am really happy and very proud to win this.”

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