Sadio Mane Named AFCON Best Player as Mendy and Aboubakar Win Top Individual Honours

Sadio Mane Named AFCON Best Player as Mendy and Aboubakar Win Top Individual Honours

  • Sadio Mane has been adjudged the best player at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations after Senegal were crowned champions
  • Senegal goalkeeper Édouard Mendy won the golden glove while Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar won the golden boot
  • Senegal finished champions after defeating Egypt on penalties in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon

Senegal's penalty winning hero, Sadio Mane, has been crowned the best player at the just ended Africa Cup of Nations after leading the Teranga Lions to their first ever AFCON glory.

The Liverpool star was joined on the podium by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, who was awarded the golden glove, with Cameroon's Vincent Aboubakar scooping the golden boot.

Mane starred at the tournament for Senegal, scoring three goals and providing two assists as they won the trophy for the first time in their history.

Vincent Aboubakar, Mendy and Mane win top awards after AFCON. SOURCE: @CAF_Online
Sadio Mane wins player pf the tournament with Mendy and Aboubakar winning golden glove and golden boot. SOURCE: @CAF_Online
Source: Twitter

After the game, the attacker was present his awarded, with Mendy and Aboubakar also picking their individual honours.

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While Mendy Mendy kept three clean sheets to win the award for the best goalkeeper, Vincent Aboubakar scored eight goals to finish the tournament as top scorer.

Senegal beat Egypt on penalties to win AFCON

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Senegal are the winners of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Cameroon.

The Lions of Teranga stunned Egypt 4-2 on post-match penalties to win the continental showpiece.

The thrilling match played at Olembe's Pau Biya Stadium had to be decided via the shootouts after both teams settled for a goalless draw in regulation time.

How Senegal beat Egypt

Senegal had an electric start in their meeting with Egypt on Sunday, February 6, but were unable to put the game to bed early despite having glorious chances.

Senegal's best chance to score came inside four minutes of action when Ciss won a penalty for his side which Sadio Mane stepped up to take.

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However, the Liverpool attacker saw his effort saved by Abou Gabal who was thoroughly impressive through the match.

Neither side was able to find the winner for the remainder of the match forcing the tie into extra-time and eventually the shootouts.

Source: Sports Brief News