CAF AWARDS: AUBAMEYANG ENDS TOURE REIGN
Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been crowned CAF African Player of the Year for the first time.
The 26-year old beat Ivorian Yaya Toure and Ghana’s Andre Ayew to the crown, the most prestigious individual award in African football. He earned 143 points, seven more than Toure whilst Ayew finished a distant third with 112 points. The feat by Aubameyang ended the four-year reign of Toure, which lasted from 2011 to 2014.
He becomes the first from his country, Gabon, to win the prize and was decorated at the 2015 Glo-CAF Awards Gala held on Thursday, 7 January 2016 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.
Frenchman Herve Renard, who led the Ivory Coast to the 2015 African Cup of Nations, was named Coach of the Year.This was his second such award after the 47-year-old also led Zambia to upset favourites Ivory Coast to lift a first-ever Nations Cup trophy in 2012.
For the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa, Tanzanian Mbwana Aly Samatta was decorated, Samatta earned 127 points, ahead of his TP Mazembe teammate and DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Muteba Kidiaba, who amassed 88 points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah came in third place with 63 points.
It was double delight for Nigeria with two prizes, Victor Osimhen won theYouth Player of the Year and Etebo Peter Oghenekaro won the Most Promising Talent of the Year.
Cameroon scooped the Women’s National Team of the Year prize and DR Congo giants, TP Mazembe, Club of the Year, whilst Gambian Papa Bakary Gassama went home with the Referee of the Year award.
Ivory Coast were named Team of the Year.
Former Ghana coach Charles Kumi Gyamfi and Cameroonian Samuel Mbappe Leppe were honoured into the African Legend category.
The event held in Abuja was a night to celebrate and reward sporting excellence, also showcased superb and first-class entertainment from outstanding entertainers across different parts of Africa.