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I will not give up on winning Africa best player award – Sadio Mane

Liverpool forward, Sadio Mane has pledged not to give up on winning Africa best player award.

The 26-year-old has found himself in the shadows of Egyptian kingpin, Mohamed Salah for the past two years including Tuesday’s awards night in which he finished runner-up at his home in Dakar.

Mane earned nomination into the event after spurring 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finalists Senegal into last year’s Russia World Cup, a tournament they exited on grounds of fair-play.

“I will do my best to win the trophy for the best player next year. I won’t let go and I will fight for it. I congratulate the winner (Mohamed Salah) and on the collective level, our agreement is very beneficial for Liverpool in our league title bid in England and in the UEFA Champions League,” he said in reaction after coming up second best.

The former Southampton is generally likened to compatriot El-Hadji Diouf in a style whose feats of two CAF awards he is determined to match.

Commenting on the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations which Egypt is billed to host after Cameroon got stripped of the rights, he said: “With the national team, all Senegalese are expecting us to win the ultimate at the next Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and we will work to achieve that.”

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