Confederation of Africa Football has described Senegal and Chelsea goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, as Africa’s pride after winning the FIFA best keeper Award on Monday.
CAF on its official Twitter for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon posted Mendy’s remarkable video clip with his national team where he saved many dangerous goals attempts with the title: Africa’s pride#
Mendy was named 2021 Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper after lifting the Champions League with Chelsea last season.
🇸🇳 HISTORY! SENEGAL’S BRICK WALL! 🇸🇳
— #TotalEnergiesAFCON2021 🏆 (@CAF_Online) January 17, 2022
‘The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper Award is given to the most outstanding goalkeeper in men’s football as voted for by an international jury comprising the current coaches of all men’s national teams (one per team), current captains of all men’s national teams (one per team), one specialist journalist from each territory represented by a national team and fans registered on FIFA.com’
This year’s award recognised players for their performances from October 2020 to August 2021.
The Senegal international beat off competition from Gianluigi Donnarumma of PSG and Italy as well as Germany & Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer.
Alisson Becker and Kasper Schmeichel missed out on the top three as Mendy lifted the trophy.
The goalkeeper has been in fantastic form for Chelsea since arriving under Frank Lampard and capped off a wonderful year by lifting the UEFA Champions League in his first season with the club.
The Senegal international, who is currently on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, was snubbed for the Ballon d’Or and Best Goalkeeper award back in November.
Speaking on Mendy finishing second in the Yashin Trophy for best goalkeeper, Thomas Tuchel was very honest on the incident.
“I know he’s disappointed not to collect the trophy,” he told Chelsea FC.
“He has that ambition. This is normal. At the same time, he deserves to be there and realises the importance of this for him.
“He had outstanding records since he joins Chelsea. Clean sheets, success, titles were all hugely involved. He deserved to be in the very best. There is no need to worry for him.”
But now, justice has been served as he was named The Best Goalkeeper for 2021.