Monday Jul 05, 2021. 15:00
Chelsea and Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has been awarded the Best African International prize at this past weekend’s 2021 Ghana Football Awards.
The 29-year-old enjoyed a great first season with the Blues, coming second in the Premier League’s Golden Glove (best goalkeeper) category behind Manchester City’s Emerson and then helping Chelsea to win their second UEFA Champions League title.
After a £21.6million move from French side Rennes, he made 44 appearances across all competitions for Chelsea in 2020-21 and brought greater stability to the team’s defence compared to previous number one Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Mendy’s rise to prominence is an incredible story, with the player club-less and on the verge of quitting football altogether just a few years ago.
Speaking to the ceremony via a video message, the Teranga Lions star expressed his happiness at being recognised for his form at both club and international level.
“Hi everyone. I’m happy and grateful to receive this award from the Ghana Football Awards,” he said on the video message.
“It has been an incredible year for me, and winning the Champions League remains one of the best achievements of my life.
“I thank all Ghanaians and Africans all across the world for the support and the prayers, and I appreciate this recognition as the best African International player. And previous to them all, making Africa proud.”
Mendy will be a key man for Chelsea when the 2021-22 season gets underway, with the Blues’ Premier League campaign opening on August 14 with a London derby at home to Crystal Palace.