The African king of football for the year 2016 was crowned last night at the international conference centre Abuja. The prestigious African player of the year was given to Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and English Champions Leicester City.
The Leicester City midfielder is recognized for his crucial part in one of the most incredible sporting achievements in recent years, beating Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borrusia Dortmund and Sadio Mane of Liverpool to the prize.
The Algeria international midfielder is recognized after playing a pivotal role in Leicester City’s incredible march to the 2015-16 Premier League title.
He beats Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who won in 2015, to this year’s prize.
Mahrez had previously been named PFA Player of the Year for his exploits in Leicester’s phenomenal top-flight campaign, during which he scored 17 goals and recorded 11 assists.
His first half of the 2016-17 season has been less spectacular, with three goals and two assists in the league but he has made a bigger impact in the Champions League, netting four times in the club’s foray into the continental competition.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BO5srwjg9Xc/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=7The Foxes star won 361 votes at the official CAF awards, edging in front of Aubameyang’s 313, while Liverpool forward Sadio Mane finished in third place with 186 votes.
All three men will now turn their attentions towards January’s Africa Cup of Nations, to be held in Aubameyang’s native Gabon.