Eduard Mendy


Three Finalist: Salah, Mane And Mendy Ready To Battle For African Footballer Of The Year

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the three finalists that will battle it out for the 2022 African Football of the Year award.

One of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Edouard Mendy will be the winner at the gala scheduled for July 21 in the Moroccan city of Rabat.

The two strikers are the favourites to take the award, as Salah and Mane were key players for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.


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Both men won the Carabao Cup and FA Cup, while also finishing runners-up to Real Madrid in the Champions League.

They also finished runners-up in the Premier League, losing the title to Manchester City on the final day of the season.

Mane’s bid is aided by the fact that he helped Senegal defeat Salah’s Egypt in the 2022 Africa Cup of National final.

The Lions of Teranga came out on top in a penalty shootout, in which Mendy proved instrumental.

However, despite being the first-choice goalkeeper for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, the 30-year-old didn’t achieve as much club success as his rivals.

Chelsea lost the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals to Mane and Salah’s Liverpool, while their Premier League challenge fell short after a strong start to the season.

Other awards

The CAF will also hand out awards for Goal of the Year, African team, National team, Coach, Young Player, Interclub Player and Player of the Year for both men and women.

Kalidou Koulibaly Expressed His Disappointment As Edouard Mendy Missed Out In Ballon d’Or Shortlist Nomination

Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly has expressed his disappointment that,

His country team-mate Edouard Mendy did not get shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or.

The only goalkeeper on the 30-man shortlist is Gianluigi Donnarumma, who played a key role in Italy’s Euro 2020 victory.

Koulibaly thinks Mendy should be included after he helped Chelsea win the Champions League last season.

Koulibaly said after Senegal’s 4-1 win over Namibia:

“It’s a real shame that Edou isn’t one of them.

He is the first African goalkeeper to win the Champions League,”

“We must continue to work and move forward.

We have to do the double [the work] of some people to be well judged.

Edou is a very positive person. We talked about it together.

He will continue to fight to be part of it. For me, he has a place among these 30 players.”


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Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)


Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus)

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Simon Kjær (AC Milan)

Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Ruben Dias (Manchester City)


N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)

Mason Mount (Chelsea)

Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan)

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Pedri (Barcelona)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)

Jorginho (Chelsea)

Phil Foden (Manchester City)



Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)

Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Lionel Messi (PSG)

Neymar (PSG)

Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Romelu Lukaku (Chelsea)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United)

Kylian Mbappe (PSG)

Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)

Luis Suarez (Atletico Madrid)


Chelsea and Manchester City are the clubs with the most nominees (five), followed by PSG (four), Juventus, Manchester United, Inter and Real Madrid (two).


Lionel Messi, Jorginho and N’Golo Kante are expected to be the leading contenders for the award, along with Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo.

'We Train Together And Support Each Other' – Kepa Reveals His Closeness  With Mendy Despite The Rivalry

Kepa Explains his relationship with his fellow Senegal international Edouard Mendy.

Mendy, 29, was signed from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes in a £22m ($31m) deal.

The Senegal star has since proven to be one of the bargain signings.

Helping the Blues win the Champions League and the Uefa Super Cup.

Kepa was brought into Thomas Tuchel’s side in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

Eduardo mendy was unable to shake off an injury suffered against Zenit St Petersburg.


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Arrizabalaga said in his latest Chelsea interview:

“Edou and I have a very good relationship.

“We are training together every day and support each other whoever is playing.

“You could see in the Super Cup the relationship we have.

He was one of the first players to congratulate me after the penalty shoot-out and of course we celebrated together.

“Hopefully he can return to training soon from his injury.”

He also described his return to action as “perfect”, with a clean sheet and three points to show for his efforts against Nuno Espirito Santo’s men.

“I was really happy to help the team,” he continued.

“It’s been quite a while since I played in the Premier League.

So I was happy for the opportunity to help the team.

“To come into the side in such a big game like this, a London derby, and to keep a clean sheet and get the three points, it’s perfect really!

“It was a London derby, so we knew it was a big game against a very good team.

So to get the win was fantastic and we are all so happy.”