The Reading / Listening - Sadio Mane - Level 6

Senegal's Sadio Mane has been named as the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year. Nigeria and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala was named the African Women's Player of the Year. Mane, 27, edged out his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah to scoop the award. Mane was key in helping his team Liverpool win the Champions League in 2019 and finish runners-up in England's Premier League. He was prolific in attack and scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 2018-19 season. Mane was also the co-winner of 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 striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.



Mane was ecstatic at winning the award. He had finished second and third in the previous two seasons and it is the fourth time he has been shortlisted for the accolade. He told football journalists at the awards ceremony in Egypt: "I'm really happy and proud to win this. Football is my job. I love it. I would like to thank my family, my national team, staff, the federation and Liverpool Football Club." He added: "I would like to thank all of the Senegalese who supported me during my journey....They will be glad watching me win 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 me in Egypt."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Sadio Mane - Level 4  or  Sadio Mane - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/51020846
  • https://www.goal.com/en-us/news/mane-beats-salah-mahrez-to-caf-african-player-of-the-year/1x3219b4yuo041ly8l64lb1pvr
  • https://www.africanews.com/2020/01/07/senegal-s-sadio-mane-is-african-player-of-the-year-2019/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. FOOTBALL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about football. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       football / forward / teammate / scoop / award / runners-up / prolific / season / boot /
       ecstatic / previous / shortlisted / ceremony / proud / journey / feelings / emotions
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. AWARDS: Students A strongly believe there is no reason to have awards; Students B strongly believe there is every reason to have them.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPORT: What are the good and bad things about doing and watching these sports? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Watching - Good Things

Watching -
Bad Things

Playing - Good Things

Playing - Bad Things

Football

 

 

 

 

Skiing

 

 

 

 

Sumo

 

 

 

 

Tennis

 

 

 

 

Marathon

 

 

 

 

Formula 1

 

 

 

 

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5. GOAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "goal". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. POSITIONS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best soccer positions at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • striker
  • goalkeeper
  • winger
  • central defender
  • midfielder
  • defensive midfielder
  • left back
  • coach

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. confederation a. Narrowly beat a rival or opponent.
      2. edged out b. A competitor or team coming second place in a contest or race.
      3. scoop c. An organization which consists of a number of parties or groups that form an alliance or league.
      4. runners-up d. A fixed time in the year when a particular sport is played.
      5. prolific e. About a sports player who is very high-scoring.
      6. season f. A soccer team meaning a forward or attacker, who is responsible for scoring goals.
      7. striker g. Win.

    Paragraph 2

      8. ecstatic h. Be all around someone or something.
      9. shortlisted i. A formal religious or public occasion, usually one that celebrates a particular event, winner of an award, or anniversary.
      10. accolade j. Feeling deep pleasure or happiness because of one's own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone else.
      11. ceremony k. Feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement.
      12. proud l. Put someone on the final list from which a winner will be announced.
      13. emotions m. Feelings we have that come from our life situation, mood, or relationships with others.
      14. surround n. An award or privilege given as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A Barcelona player won the African Women's Player of the Year.     T / F
  2. Sadio Mane beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to win the award.     T / F
  3. Liverpool finished second in the Premier League in 2019.     T / F
  4. Sadio Mane won the Premier League Silver Boot in 2019.     T / F
  5. Sadio Mane said he felt elastic about winning the award.     T / F
  6. Mane had been shortlisted four times for this award.     T / F
  7. The awards ceremony was held in Lagos, Nigeria.     T / F
  8. Sadio Mane described his feelings about winning for over an hour.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. named
  2. scoop
  3. prolific
  4. awarded
  5. shared
  6. ecstatic
  7. accolade
  8. proud
  9. supported
  10. emotions
  1. prize
  2. backed
  3. split
  4. elated
  5. win
  6. productive
  7. feelings
  8. given
  9. pleased
  10. selected

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Mane, 27, edged out
  2. Mane was key
  3. He was prolific in attack
  4. Mane was also the co-
  5. awarded to the league's top.
  6. Mane was ecstatic
  7. the fourth time he has been
  8. national
  9. supported me
  10. I cannot describe my feelings
  1. during my journey
  2. shortlisted for the accolade
  3. winner
  4. his Liverpool teammate
  5. team
  6. and scored 30 goals
  7. after winning this award
  8. in helping his team
  9. goalscorer
  10. at winning the award

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
scoop
during
named
striker
runners
winner
prolific
edged

Senegal's Sadio Mane has been (1) ____________ as the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year. Nigeria and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala was named the African Women's Player of the Year. Mane, 27, (2) ____________ out his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah to (3) ____________ the award. Mane was key in helping his team Liverpool win the Champions League in 2019 and finish (4) ____________ -up in England's Premier League. He was (5) ____________ in attack and scored 30 goals in all competitions (6) ____________ the 2018-19 season. Mane was also the co-(7) ____________ of 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 (8) ____________ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
staff
ecstatic
promised
accolade
surround
previous
proud
journey

Mane was (9) ____________ at winning the award. He had finished second and third in the (10) ____________ two seasons and it is the fourth time he has been shortlisted for the (11) ____________. He told football journalists at the awards ceremony in Egypt: "I'm really happy and (12) ____________ to win this. Football is my job. I love it. I would like to thank my family, my national team, (13) ____________, the federation and Liverpool Football Club." He added: "I would like to thank all of the Senegalese who supported me during my (14) ____________....They will be glad watching me win this award, especially the people in my village whom I (15) ____________ I would win Player of the Year. I cannot describe my feelings after winning this award and these emotions which (16) ____________ me in Egypt."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  African Women's Player of the Year. Mane, 27, ______ Liverpool teammate
     a.  edged out his
     b.  edged lout his
     c.  edged about his
     d.  edged rout his
2)  Mohamed Salah to scoop the award. Mane was ______
     a.  key on helping
     b.  key in helping
     c.  key win helping
     d.  key into helping
3)  his team Liverpool win the Champions League in 2019 and ______
     a.  finish runners-in
     b.  finish runners-out
     c.  finish runners-down
     d.  finish runners-up
4)  Premier League Golden Boot, which is awarded to the league's ______
     a.  tops goalscorer
     b.  top goal scorcher
     c.  tops goal score are
     d.  top goalscorer
5)  He shared this award with Salah and ______
     a.  Arsenal's stricken
     b.  Arsenal's striker
     c.  Arsenal's strike
     d.  Arsenal's struck

6)  it is the fourth time he has been shortlisted ______
     a.  for the accolade
     b.  for the percolate
     c.  for the acolyte
     d.  for the accord
7)  I would like to thank my family, my national team, staff, ______ ...
     a.  the federate and
     b.  the fedora nation and
     c.  the fed a ration and
     d.  the federation and
8)  all of the Senegalese who supported me ______
     a.  during my journey
     b.  during my journeyed
     c.  during my adjournment
     d.  during my journal
9)  especially the people in my village ______
     a.  whom they promised
     b.  whom that promised
     c.  whom which promised
     d.  whom I promised
10)  describe my feelings after winning this award and these emotions ______
     a.  which surroundings me
     b.  which surrounds me
     c.  which surround me
     d.  which surrounded me

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Senegal's Sadio Mane has (1) ___________________ the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year. Nigeria and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala was named the African Women's Player of the Year. Mane, 27, edged out his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah to (2) ___________________. Mane was key in helping his team Liverpool win the Champions League in 2019 (3) ___________________ in England's Premier League. He was (4) ___________________ and scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 2018-19 season. Mane was also the co-winner of last season's Premier League Golden Boot, (5) ___________________ to the league's top goalscorer. He (6) ___________________ with Salah and Arsenal's striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Mane (7) ___________________ winning the award. He had finished second and third (8) ___________________ two seasons and it is the fourth time he has been (9) ___________________ accolade. He told football journalists at the awards ceremony in Egypt: "I'm really happy and proud to win this. Football is my job. I love it. I would like to thank my family, my (10) ___________________, the federation and Liverpool Football Club." He added: "I would like to thank all of the Senegalese who supported me during my journey....They will be glad watching me win this award, especially the people in my village (11) ___________________ I would win Player of the Year. I cannot describe my feelings after winning this award and these emotions which (12) ___________________ Egypt."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the nationality of the African Women's Player of the Year?
  2. Who did Sadio Mane beat to the top spot?
  3. In what position did Liverpool finish in the Premier League in 2019?
  4. How many Premier League goals did Sadio Mane score in 2018-19?
  5. What did Sadio Mane jointly win with Mohamed Saleh in 2019?
  6. How did Mane feel about winning the award?
  7. What did the article say has happened to Sadio Mane four times?
  8. Where did the awards ceremony take place?
  9. Who did Sadio Mane say would be glad about Mane's win?
  10. What did Sadio Mane say he could not describe?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the nationality of the African Women's Player of the Year?
a) Egyptian
b) Nigerian
c) Ghanaian
d) Namibian
2) Who did Sadio Mane beat to the top spot?
a) Serge Aurier
b) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
c) Riyad Mahrez
d) Mohamed Salah
3) In what position did Liverpool finish in the Premier League in 2019?
a) last
b) 1st
c) 2nd
d) 3rd
4) How many Premier League goals did Sadio Mane score in 2018-19?
a) 30
b) 36
c) 42
d) 27
5) What did Sadio Mane jointly win with Mohamed Saleh in 2019?
a) the Golden Ball
b) the Golden Boot
c) Goal of the Season
d) Sports Personality of the Year

6) How did Mane feel about winning the award?
a) ecstatic
b) good
c) amazed
d) nice
7) What did the article say has happened to Sadio Mane four times?
a) scoring a hat-trick
b) being sent off
c) being shortlisted for the award
d) being given the captaincy
8) Where did the awards ceremony take place?
a) Egypt
b) South Africa
c) Kenya
d) Congo
9) Who did Sadio Mane say would be glad about Mane's win?
a) the head of FIFA
b) the Liverpool coach
c) his family
d) the Senegalese people

10) What did Sadio Mane say he could not describe?
a) playing for Liverpool
b) what football is
c) his feelings
d) his greatest goal

Role play

Role  A – Striker
You think striker is the best position to play at in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their roles. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): goalkeeper, midfielder or coach.

Role  B – Goalkeeper
You think goalkeeper is the best position to play at in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their roles. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): striker, midfielder or coach.

Role  C – Midfielder
You think midfielder is the best position to play at in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their roles. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): goalkeeper, striker or coach.

Role  D – Coach
You think coach is the best position to play at in football. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their roles. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): goalkeeper, midfielder or striker.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'footballer'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'year'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • forward
    • edged
    • key
    • finish
    • during
    • top
    • ecstatic
    • proud
    • staff
    • journey
    • village
    • emotions




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Sadio Mane

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'football'?
    3. What do you think of football?
    4. Which country has the best football league?
    5. Which country's players are the best to watch?
    6. Have you ever won an award?
    7. Who is the most prolific sports star ever?
    8. How beneficial is playing football?
    9. Is football or American football better?
    10. What skills do you need to be good at football?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'prize'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why is football so popular?
    5. When was the last time you were ecstatic?
    6. What is the better word, football or soccer?
    7. At what sport would you like to represent your country?
    8. What would it be like to be a world-class football player?
    9. How good is your national football team?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Sadio Mane?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Senegal's Sadio Mane has been named (1) ____ the Confederation of African Football's Player of the Year. Nigeria and Barcelona (2) ____ Asisat Oshoala was named the African Women's Player of the Year. Mane, 27, (3) ____ out his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah to scoop the award. Mane was key in helping his team Liverpool win the Champions League in 2019 and finish (4) ____-up in England's Premier League. He was prolific in attack and scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 2018-19 season. Mane was also the (5) ____-winner of last season's Premier League Golden Boot, which is awarded (6) ____ the league's top goalscorer. He shared this award with Salah and Arsenal's striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

    Mane was (7) ____ at winning the award. He had finished second and third in the previous two seasons and it is the fourth time he has been shortlisted for the (8) ____. He told football journalists at the awards ceremony in Egypt: "I'm really happy and proud to win this. Football is my job. I love it. I would like to thank my family, my national team, (9) ____, the federation and Liverpool Football Club." He added: "I would like to thank all of the Senegalese who supported me during my journey....They will be (10) ____ watching me win this award, especially the people in my village (11) ____ I promised I would win Player of the Year. I cannot describe my feelings after winning this award and these (12) ____ which surround me in Egypt."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     as     (b)     was     (c)     has     (d)     is    
    2. (a)     backward     (b)     sideways     (c)     forward     (d)     upward    
    3. (a)     lined     (b)     sided     (c)     bordered     (d)     edged    
    4. (a)     walkers     (b)     runners     (c)     joggers     (d)     sprinters    
    5. (a)     anti-     (b)     post-     (c)     pre-     (d)     co-    
    6. (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     on    
    7. (a)     stoic     (b)     ecstatic     (c)     erotic     (d)     elastic    
    8. (a)     accolade     (b)     acolyte     (c)     percolate     (d)     accord    
    9. (a)     staff     (b)     stiff     (c)     stuff     (d)     snuff    
    10. (a)     clad     (b)     plaid     (c)     glad     (d)     tad    
    11. (a)     so     (b)     such     (c)     what     (d)     whom    
    12. (a)     emoticons     (b)     emotions     (c)     emoluments     (d)     emotivity

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. opcos the award
    3. finish uspur-rnne
    4. He was cilroifp in attack
    5. last season's iemerPr League
    6. Arsenal's ikrster

    Paragraph 2

    1. Mane was aitetccs at winning
    2. shortlisted for the accelaod
    3. at the awards nemroyce
    4. of the Senegalese who pprseudot me
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    6. urnursod me in Egypt

    Put the text back together

    (...)  Mane was ecstatic at winning the award. He had finished second and third in the previous two
    1  ) Senegal's Sadio Mane has been named as the Confederation of African Football's Player
    (...)  in attack and scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 2018-19 season. Mane was also the co-
    (...)  of the Senegalese who supported me during my journey....They will be glad watching me win this award, especially
    (...)  my feelings after winning this award and these emotions which surround me in Egypt."
    (...)  the people in my village whom I promised I would win Player of the Year. I cannot describe
    (...)  of the Year. Nigeria and Barcelona forward Asisat Oshoala was named the African Women's Player of the Year. Mane, 27, edged
    (...)  out his Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah to scoop the award. Mane was key in helping
    (...)  his team Liverpool win the Champions League in 2019 and finish runners-up in England's Premier League. He was prolific
    (...)  winner of last season's Premier League Golden Boot, which is awarded to the league's top
    (...)  seasons and it is the fourth time he has been shortlisted for the accolade. He told football journalists at the awards
    (...)  goalscorer. He shared this award with Salah and Arsenal's striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
    (...)  ceremony in Egypt: "I'm really happy and proud to win this. Football is my job. I love it. I would like to thank my
    (...)  family, my national team, staff, the federation and Liverpool Football Club." He added: "I would like to thank all

    Put the words in the right order

    1. African   Player   Football's   of   Confederation   Year   .   the   of
    2. 27,   out   Liverpool   Mane,   teammate   .   edged   his
    3. was   Mane   team   in   his   key   helping   win   .
    4. Premier   England's   finished   They   in   League   .   runners-up
    5. to   awarded   This   goalscorer   .   the   league's   is   top
    6. has   fourth   been   time   he   It's   the   shortlisted   .
    7. at   football   told   the   He   ceremony   .   journalists   awards
    8. I   my   village   The   in   people   promised   .   whom
    9. win   glad   be   watching   me   They   will   this   .
    10. this   .   cannot   I   feelings   my   after   winning   describe

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    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."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    M_n_ w_s _c s t_t_c _t w_n n_n g t h_ _w_r d . H_ h_d f_n_s h_d s_c_n d _n d t h_r d _n t h_ p r_v___s t w_ s__ s_n s _n d _t _s t h_ f__ r t h t_m_ h_ h_s b__ n s h_r t l_s t_d f_r t h_ _c c_l_d_. H_ t_l d f__ t b_l l j__ r n_l_s t s _t t h_ _w_r d s c_r_m_n y _n E g y p t : " I ' m r__ l l y h_p p y _n d p r__ d t_ w_n t h_s . F__ t b_l l _s m y j_b . I l_v_ _t . I w__ l d l_k_ t_ t h_n k m y f_m_l y , m y n_t__ n_l t__ m , s t_f f , t h_ f_d_r_t__ n _n d L_v_r p__ l F__ t b_l l C l_b . " H_ _d d_d : " I w__ l d l_k_ t_ t h_n k _l l _f t h_ S_n_g_l_s_ w h_ s_p p_r t_d m_ d_r_n g m y j__ r n_y . . . . T h_y w_l l b_ g l_d w_t c h_n g m_ w_n t h_s _w_r d , _s p_c__ l l y t h_ p__ p l_ _n m y v_l l_g_ w h_m I p r_m_s_d I w__ l d w_n P l_y_r _f t h_ Y__ r . I c_n n_t d_s c r_b_ m y f__ l_n g s _f t_r w_n n_n g t h_s _w_r d _n d t h_s_ _m_t__ n s w h_c h s_r r__ n d m_ _n E g y p t . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    senegals sadio mane has been named as the confederation of african footballs player of the year nigeria and barcelona forward asisat oshoala was named the african womens player of the year mane 27 edged out his liverpool teammate mohamed salah to scoop the award mane was key in helping his team liverpool win the champions league in 2019 and finish runnersup in englands premier league he was prolific in attack and scored 30 goals in all competitions during the 201819 season mane was also the cowinner of last seasons premier league golden boot which is awarded to the leagues top goalscorer he shared this award with salah and arsenals striker pierreemerick aubameyang

    mane was ecstatic at winning the award he had finished second and third in the previous two seasons and it is the fourth time he has been shortlisted for the accolade he told football journalists at the awards ceremony in egypt im really happy and proud to win this football is my job i love it i would like to thank my family my national team staff the federation and liverpool football club he added i would like to thank all of the senegalese who supported me during my journeythey will be glad watching me win 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 me in egypt

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    Senegal'sSadioManehasbeennamedastheConfederationofAfricanFo
    otball'sPlayeroftheYear.NigeriaandBarcelonaforwardAsisatOshoala
    wasnamedtheAfricanWomen'sPlayeroftheYear.Mane,27,edgedouth
    isLiverpoolteammateMohamedSalahtoscooptheaward.Manewaske
    yinhelpinghisteamLiverpoolwintheChampionsLeaguein2019andfini
    shrunners-upinEngland'sPremierLeague.Hewasprolificinattackands
    cored30goalsinallcompetitionsduringthe2018-19season.Manewasa
    lsotheco-winneroflastseason'sPremierLeagueGoldenBoot,whichis
    awardedtotheleague'stopgoalscorer.HesharedthisawardwithSalaha
    ndArsenal'sstrikerPierre-EmerickAubameyang.Manewasecstatica
    twinningtheaward.Hehadfinishedsecondandthirdintheprevioustwos
    easonsanditisthefourthtimehehasbeenshortlistedfortheaccolade.H
    etoldfootballjournalistsattheawardsceremonyinEgypt:"I'mreallyha
    ppyandproudtowinthis.Footballismyjob.Iloveit.Iwouldliketothankm
    yfamily,mynationalteam,staff,thefederationandLiverpoolFootballCl
    ub."Headded:"IwouldliketothankalloftheSenegalesewhosupported
    meduringmyjourney....Theywillbegladwatchingmewinthisaward,es
    peciallythepeopleinmyvillagewhomIpromisedIwouldwinPlayerofthe
    ear.Icannotdescribemyfeelingsafterwinningthisawardandtheseemo
    tionswhichsurroundmeinEgypt."

    Free writing

    Write about Sadio Mane for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Write about football for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SADIO MANE: Make a poster about Sadio Mane. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FOOTBALL: Write a magazine article about football being compulsory in all schools. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on football. Ask him/her three questions about football. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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