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Toure, Ayew Bow As Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Crowned The African Footballer Of The Year


By Abdul Gaffar Bello

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been declared the 2015 African Footballer of the year.

The Glo/CAF awards held Thursday night at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja. The current winner defeated another prestigious laurel hopeful – Ghanaian, Andre Ayew.  Ivorian Yaya Toure has won the trophy four times consecutively.

In other categories, Bostwana, Mbwana Aly Samatta was finally adjudged the African Player of the Year who is African based, while the promising talent laurel was won by the Nigerian U-23 striker, Oghenekaro Etebo. Similarly, the Nigerian U-17 Golden Eaglets, Victor Osimhen won the African Youth Player of the Year.

On the Coach cadre, the Ivorian Head senior team boss, Herve Renard won the continental Coach of the year. He handled the Ivory Coast senior National team to win the 2015 African Nations Cup (AFCON). The former Zambian Coach came ahead of his Nigeria’s counterpart, Emmanuel Amunike to win the U-15 African Coach of the year’s award.

Referee of the Year was won by Bakary Papa Gassama of The Gambia, while African Legends awards were presented to the duo of Ghanaian Charles Gyamfi and Cameroonian Samuel Leppe.

Again, the Fair Play award was won by the Allez Casa of Senegal, which is the Senegalese Football Supporters club. In the same vein, TP Mazembe won the Club of the Year award.

The female African Footballer of the year went to Gaelle Enganamouit of Cameroon. She defeated her Nigerian challenger, Ngozi Ebere in this category. Also, the Cameroonian ladies were awarded the Women’s National Team of the Year.

The trophy for the African team of the year went to Ivory Coast National Team. Both Ghana Black Stars and Nigeria U-17 side trailed behind under this cadre.


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