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Diouf backing Mane to be AFCON Player of Tournament

Former Liverpool striker El-Hadji Diouf can see Sadio Mane being crowned Player of the Tournament at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane's Senegal will take on Algeria, who feature Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, in Friday's Africa Cup of Nations final, and Diouf feels that whichever player is on the winning side will also be crowned the continent's best performer.

“I think that Africa's best player will come from the winner of the Cup of Nations," Mane told the Mirror.

“Mane had a good season with Liverpool and he is here making us proud, but Riyad has been sensational here and so it's really close to call at the moment.

"Modric won the world's best player (Ballon D'or) because of his contribution at the World Cup, so Riyad's chances for me are as high as Mane at the moment.

“He who is able to cross the line with the title here will get it for me."

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