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Senegal's Sadio Mane has been [naming / named] as the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year. Nigeria and Barcelona [backward / forward] Asisat Oshoala was named the African Women's Player of the Year. Mane, 27, edged [out / in] his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah to [scupper / scoop] the award. Mane was [lock / key] in helping his team Liverpool win the Champions League in 2019 and finish [runners-up / runners-down] in England's Premier League. He was [prolific / profile] in attack and scored 30 goals in all competitions [between / during] the 2018-19 season. Mane was also the co-winner of [past / last] season's Premier League Golden Boot, which is awarded to the league's top goalscorer. He shared this award with Salah and Arsenal's [stricken / striker] Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mane was [ecstatic / ecstasy] at winning the award. He had finished second and third in the [impervious / previous] two seasons and it is the fourth time he has been [shortlisted / delisted] for the accolade. He told football journalists at the awards [ceremony / ceremonious] in Egypt: "I'm really happy and [pride / proud] to win this. Football is my job. I love it. I would like to thank my family, my national team, [stuff / staff] , the federation and Liverpool Football Club." He added: "I would like to thank all of the Senegalese who [supporter / supported] me during my journey....They will be [glad / gladly] watching me [win / victor] this award, especially the people in my village whom I promised I would win Player of the Year. I cannot describe my feelings after winning this award and these emotions which [surround / surrounding] me in Egypt."

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