Concise News reports that Mahrez, 28, was instrumental to the North African side lifting the trophy in Egypt on Friday, as he netted three goals – including a stoppage-time winner in the semi-finals against Nigeria.
After the concluding contest with Senegal – a match they laboured to victory, Mahrez was understandably elated.
The Manchester City forward writes on his verified Twitter handle on Friday evening: “Proud to have been the captain of this team & millions of Algerians who supported us all the way around the world. Champions of Africa !!!!”
Fier d’avoir été le capitaine de cette équipe & des millions d’Algériens qui nous ont supportés jusqu’au bout partout dans le monde 🇩🇿💚 Champions d’Afrique !!!! Tahia Djazair #elhamdulillah #TeamDZ @LesVerts pic.twitter.com/CyCyrIF56o
— Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22) July 19, 2019
Mahrez will go on a short break before resuming with Premier League champions, Manchester City for the new season.
The former Leicester man is the only recognised African in Pep Guardiola’s senior squad.
City open their campaign against West Ham on the 10th of August at the London Stadium.