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AWARDS GALORE AS AUBAMEYANG WINS CAF AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

AWARDS GALORE AS AUBAMEYANG WINS CAF AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been voted the CAF Footballer of the Year while Yaya Toure was named runners-up at the 2015 Glo-CAF Awards held  in  Abuja.

The Gabonese forward, who is enjoying the best moments of his career in Europe, has been very potent in front of goal.

He is now the top scorer in the Bundesliga with 18 goals. He also scored once as Gabon exited the Orange AFCON 2015 at the group stage.

Despite missing out on some of the categories where she managed to get nominations, there was still something to cheer for Nigeria as Golden Eaglets’ striker, Victor Osimhen,  was voted Youth Player of the Year.

He becomes the second Nigerian to win the award after Kelechi Iheanacho last year. On his part, Dream Team’s Oghenekaro Etebo won the Most Promising Talent Award.

Nigeria lost out in the National Team of the Year category where the Elephants of Cote d’ Ivorie was voted ahead of the Golden Eaglets.

The Cameroon national women’s team won the female category. Coach Emmanuel Amuneke was also beaten to the Coach of the Year Award where French coach, Herve Renard emerged tops.

There was another miss for Nigeria in the Women Player of the Year category where Ngozi Ebere was snubbed for Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit

Meanwhile, Charles Kumi Gyami (Ghana) and Samuel Leppe (Cameroon) were named African Legends.

Pierre-Emerick Aubomeyang’s victory in this year’s CAF Award was the climax of his stunning campaign in the German Bundesliga, which made him tower above Manchester City’s Yaya Toure.

The Gabonese International was one of Europe’s most productive strikers this year, ranking among the continent’s top scorers in the European leagues.

The 26-year-old striker has played a massive role in Borussia Dortmund’s resurgence in the 2015/16 soccer campaign in which he already has 18 goals from 17 Bundesliga matches this season.

The Gabonese star as steadily improved throughout his career and while 2015 was undoubtedly a big year for Aubameyang, there is every reason to believe that 2016 will be even better for the Dortmund’s striker.

The speedstar is the focal point of Dortmund’s attack, and with Bayern Munich already holding an eight-point lead in the Bundesliga standings, Aubameyang and his team-mates at Dortmund will have their work cut out for them.

The Club of the Year Award was snapped by Congolese side, TP Mazembe, while the Fair play award was given to Allez Casa of Senegal.

OTHER AWARDS IN DETAILS

Women Player of the Year

Gaelle Enganamouit, Cameroon (Winner) – Ngozi Ebere, Nigeria – N’rehy Tia Ines, Cote d’Ivoire – Portia Boakye, Ghana

Youth Player of the Year

Adama Traore, Mali – Kelechi Nwakali, Nigeria – Samuel Diarra, Mali – Victor Osimhen, Nigeria  (Winner) – Yaw Yeboah, Ghana

Most Promising Talent

Azubuike Okechukwu, Nigeria – Etebo Oghenekaro, Nigeria (Winner) – Djigui Diarra, Mali – Mahmoud Abdelmonem ‘kahraba’, Egypt – Zinedine Ferhat, Algeria

Coach of the Year

Baye Ba, Mali, U17 – Emmanuel Amunike, Nigeria U17 – Fawzi Benzarti, Etoile Sportive de Sahel – Hervé Renard, Cote d’ivoire (Winner) – Patrice Carteron, TP Mazembe

Referee of the Year

Alioum Neant, Cameroon – Bakary Papa GASSAMA, Gambia – Eric Arnaud OTOGO CASTANE, Gabon – Ghead Zaglol GRISHA, Egypt – Janny SIKAZWE, Zambia.

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