Saido Mane And Ashisat Oshoala Wins 2022 Caf Awards
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An awards ceremony known as the CAF Awards is organized to recognize the top association football players and coaches from around Africa. The Confederation of African Football bestows it on recipients (CAF).
Former Liverpool forward and current Bayern Munich talisman saido Mane And Barcelona femini forward Ashisat Oshoala has been named African Best players in the men and female categories respectively.
It’s Mane’s second of such award and Oshoala’s fifth. Both got their prices in the just concluded CAF Awards for their brilliant performances for both Club and Country football.
At the Caf Awards ceremony in Rabat on Thursday, Sadio Mane took home the prestigious accolade for 2022 African Player of the Year, beating out Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah for the honor.
While Ajara Nchout Njoya (Cameroon and Inter Milan) and Zambian international Grace Chanda were beaten out for the female prize by the 27yr Old Barcelona forward Ashisat Oshoala,
The Senegal international Saido Mane wins his second African Player of the Year award, joining El Hadji Diouf, Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure, and Mohamed Salah as the only other Africans to do so since the Caf took over the award’s administration in 1992.
Sadio Mane is the tenth player to have won the African Footballer of the Year honor multiple times.
He is now two victories short of Eto’o and Toure, who each won the award a record four times. He has been named the best player on the continent.
Mane had a fantastic 2021–22 season with Liverpool before leaving for Bayern Munich in a €41 million (£35 million/$43 million) transfer. He contributed significantly to the Reds’ FA Cup and Carabao Cup victories as well as their finish as runners-up in the Uefa Champions League
He scored five goals in the Champions League, two in the FA Cup, and 16 goals in the Premier League.
He contributed 33 goals and 5 assists in total throughout the time under study.
On the international stage, Mane helped the Lions of Teranga win their first Africa Cup of Nations title by scoring the game-winning penalty against Egypt at Yaounde’s Olembe Stadium, sealing the victory after 120 minutes of scoreless play
The 30-year-old had great play throughout the competition, scoring three goals and dishing out two assists to take home Player of Competition honors.
His contributions were crucial in assisting the West Africans, who defeated Salah’s Pharaohs over two legs, to qualify for the 2022 Fifa World Cup
Pape Matar Sarr of Senegal and Tottenham Hotspur won the Young Player of the Year award over Karim Konate of the Cote d’Ivoire and ASEC/RB Salzburg and Hannibal Mejbri of Tunisia and Manchester United.
His female counterpart Ashisat Oshoala with her recent award, overtook Perpetua Nkwocha, who received the honor four times, she becomes the first African to win this coveted award a record five times
The 2021-22 campaign was arguably Oshoala’s best yet as she played a key role in her Spanish side’s treble charge .The Spanish Women’s Super Cup, Copa de la Reina and the Primera Division.
Although, she missed a couple of matches due to injury, that did not stop her from emerging as league joint-top scorer after netting 20 goals in 19 league appearances to share the award with Brazilian Geyse Ferreira, who managed the same number of goals in 27 appearances for Madrid CFF.
Impressively, she scored a hat-trick against Real Betis and a double versus Real Sociedad, Valencia, Villarreal, and Real Betis.
Oshoala’s 2021–22 season was possibly her greatest ever because she helped her Spanish team win the Spanish Women’s Super Cup, the Copa de la Reina, and the Primera Division.
Even though she missed a few games due to injury, she still managed to score 20 goals in 19 league games to tie Brazilian Geyse Ferreira for the league’s top scorer award. Ferreira scored the same number of goals for Madrid CFF in 27 appearances.
She scored impressive goals against Real Sociedad, Valencia, Villarreal, and Real Betis, including a hat-trick and a double.
She scored against Real Madrid in her lone outing in the Copa de la Reina.
Barcelona defeated 3-1 to Olympique Lyonnais at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, denying her team the opportunity to win a quadruple.
She made little of an impact internationally because she failed to score a goal for the Super Falcons throughout the time period under consideration
To make matters worse, she strained her medial collateral ligament during Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to South Africa in Rabat, forcing her to withdraw from the Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations.
Following in the footsteps of Mercy Akide (2001), Nkwocha (2004, 2005, 2010 & 2011), and Cynthia Uwak, Oshoala is the fourth Nigerian woman to win the women’s version of the prize (2006 & 2007).
Complete Men’s Awards
Club of the Year (Men) – Wydad Athletic Club
Interclub Player of the Year (Men) – Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)
Young Player of the Year (Men) – Pape Matar Sarr (Senegal & Tottenham Hotspur)
National Team of the Year (Men) – Senegal
Goal of the Year- Pape Ousmane Sakho (Senegal & Simba)
Coach of the Year – (Men) – Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
Complete Women’s Awards
Club of the Year (Women) – Mamelodi Sundowns
Interclub Player of the Year (Women) – Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)
Young Player of the Year (Women) – Evelyn Badu (Ghana & Sekondi Hasaacas Ladies/Alvaldsnes)
Coach of the Year (Women) – Desiree Ellis (South Africa)