It was almost like a general belief that Sadio Mane would win the Tuesday night CAF award.
Few hours to the award, ex-footballers and analysts had voiced their support for Mane.
His Liverpool team-mate Mohammed Salah stayed back in the UK to train. Several miles away from him, Riyad Mahrez and co were running rings around Manchester United in a Carabao Cup semi-final.
Of the three final nominees, Mane sat alone in the Citadel Azure, in the city of Hurghada in Egypt.
In 2019, he stood alone, out by himself, as the best African footballer.
Mane enjoyed a brilliant year with both Senegal and Liverpool. He helped the Teranga Lions to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, where they eventually lost to Algeria.
Last season, the 27-year-old netted 22 goals to share the Premier…