Sadio Mané, who won the African Ballon d’Or in 2019 before seeing Covid-19 lead to the cancellation of the 2020 edition, is hoping to see his compatriot Edouard Mendy succeed him in 2021. The Senegal international gave his full support to the Chelsea goalkeeper in an interview with 13TV.
« It’s a pride to see a compatriot reach this level. He has had a great season. Sometimes I send him messages to congratulate him on his performances… Edouard is a very nice boy and serious about his work. He deserves to win the Ballon d’Or. He has my 100% support. I invite the Senegalese to pray for him as they did with me in 2019, » said the Liverpool winger, who has not performed well enough this year to hope to retain his title.
Mendy, who won the Champions League with Chelsea, will be up against Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez, a finalist in the competition with Manchester City. The African Golden Ball, whose official name is « African Player of the Year », will be awarded by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in January 2022.