Riyad Mahrez wins CAF's Player of the Year
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jan 07, 2017,
Jan 07, 2017, 0:22
Mahrez, who plays for English Premier League club Leicester City which also won the Premier League title a year ago, beat Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal's Sadio Mané.
Mahrez's win ends a 19-year absence on the podium for a player from North Africa since Morocco's Mustapha Hadji in 1998.
The winger opted to represent the country of his birth, Nigeria, over England at global level, and has already made eight caps for the Super Eagles.
The EPL victory allowed the Foxes to qualify for the UEFA Champions League, and Mahrez already has four goals for Leicester this season's competition thus far.
President Muhammadu Buhari was presented the CAF Platinum Award, received by Sports Minister, Barr.
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Mahrez beat Gabonese striker, Pierre Emerick Aubamenyang who was last year's victor and Senegal's Sadio Mane to win the African Best Player crown.
"The duo should be given high chances of winning because Senegal's El Hadji-Diouf who won the award in 2001and 2002 was about their ages then, as we have Mahrez now, " he said.
Alex Iwobi's 2016 was probably better than yours.
He played there for only one season before moving to Le Havre, spending three years with them.
Nigeria on the other hand, won the Women's Player of the Year through Asisat Oshoala while Kelechi Iheanacho emerged the Most Promising Talent and Alex Iwobi the Youth Player of the Year.
The Awards organisers, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), also honoured President Muhammadu Buhari with the CAF 2016 Platinum Award.