MAHREZ BEATS AUBAMEYANG, SANE TO AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

mahrez2Mahrez is the CAF African Player of the year. The Leicester City winger won the prestigious award in Abuja last night ahead of current holder Aubameyang and Mane.

The 25-year-old Algerian had a fruitful 2016 as he was part of the Leicester City squad that won the English Premier league. A feat that has already won him the PFA Player of the Year and BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who is the current holder had to settle for second place this year, while Liverpool and Senegal striker Sadio Mane came third.

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Alex Iwobi (Arsenal and Nigeria forward) won the Young Player of the year award. While fellow country man and Manchester city striker Kelechi Iheanacho won the most Promising Talent award.

Asisat Oshoala whose goals led Nigeria to the Africa Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) trophy won the Africa’s Women Player of the Year award.

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Uganda and Nigeria are the National team of the Year and Women’s National team of the Year respectively.

Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa who won the CAF Champions League were crowned the Club of the Year. Their coach Pitso Mosimane was also awarded the Coach of the Year.

For the home based African Player of the Year award, Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns keeper Dennis Onyango clinched first place while Khama Billiat (Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns) and Rainford Kalaba (Zambia and TP Mazembe) won second and third place respectively.

There were other awards won at the event. Bakary Papa Gassama of Gambia won the Referee of the Year. Laurent Pokou and Emilienne Mbango both won the Legend award. President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria went home with the CAF Platinum Award.

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