Sadio Mane and Asisat Oshoala became the best players in Africa.

Mane scored the decisive penalty in a tight shootout as Senegal won their first-ever African Cup of Nations in the final against Egypt.

After conceding a penalty early in the game, Mane shot the ball past goalkeeper Mohamed Abu Gabal to give his team a 4–2 penalty victory to secure Senegal’s first-ever continental championship against the seven-time tournament winner.

The 30-year-old striker, who signed a three-year deal with Bayern Munich last month, last received the award in 2019 while at Liverpool.

It was a huge night for Senegal, with five awards: Aliou Cissé was Coach of the Year, Pape Matar Sarr was Young Player of the Year, Pape Ousmane Sako was Goal of the Year and Senegal was National Team of the Year. Year.

Meanwhile, Barcelona striker Oshoala won the Women’s Player of the Year award for the fifth time, beating Nigerian Perpetua Nkwocha by four.

Asisat Oshoala was the Women's Player of the Year for the fifth time.

Oshoala won the award ahead of Cameroon and Inter Milan’s Adjara Nchut Njoya and Grace Chandu of Zambia.

She was forced to miss the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations this year due to injury.

Earlier this year, she became the first African woman to receive the Pichichi Award, which is given to the top scorer in the Spanish league.

This year’s Women’s National Team of the Year will be announced following Saturday’s TotalEnergies Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final between hosts Morocco and South Africa.

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