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Mane, Salah, Mahrez in best African Footballer contest as CAF Award event gets underway




Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are favorites to win the CAF Player of the Year award, ahead of Riyad Mahrez.

All three players have had an impressive year, as the Reds duo managed to lift the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and the Club World Cup.

Additionally, they also shared the Premier League Golden Boot award with 22 goals apiece.

Meanwhile, Mahrez helped Manchester City lift their second consecutive Premier League title and captained Algeria to their first AFCON trophy in 29 years, beating Mane’s Senegal in the final.

One could make a solid case for each player, however, French manager Arsene Wenger believes that Salah and Mane are the main contenders for the CAF Player of the year award.

“In my opinion, the competition is between Salah and Mane,” Wenger told the TimeSports TV channel.

“Salah and Mane play for the same club and they’re both quite spectacular but unfortunately only one of them will receive the award.

“I want both players to share the award as it’s to difficult to decide who deserves it more. They both performed really well.

“Salah is an amazing player as he doesn’t only score goal but also provides a lot of assists. His final touch is really good, he’s very quick and he keeps on improving every year,” he added.