Pierre Aubameyang wins the 2015 Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year Award
Gabon striking sensation, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has won the 2015 GLO-CAF African footballer of the year. The Borussia Dortmund hotshot polled 143 votes to see off competition from Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfield star Yaya Toure (136 votes) and Ghana and Swansea talisman Andre Ayew (112 votes) at a ceremony held in Nigeria’s capital Abuja.
The 26 year Old Gabonese has been in blistering form for Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund this campaign, scoring an astonishing 23 goals in 21 starts to power a Bundesliga title challenge, and it’s no surprise he stood in between Yaya Toure and an unprecedented fifth gong on the trot.
The award, sponsored by Nigerian telecoms giant Globacom for the past 12 years, was decided by a panel of national team coaches on the continent and Technical directors at the Confederations of African football, CAF. And while top Nigerian stars may have been snubbed, there was some consolation as Victor Osimhen won the youth Player of the Year and Etebo Peter Oghenekaro got the most Promising.
It was a colourful ceremony at the International Conference Centre, Abuja that featured the best of African artists including Malian legend Salif Keita, Moroccan Ahmed Soultan, Nigerian acts Flavour, Korede Bello, Di’Ja, Ghanian star Shatta Wale and a host of others.
The African footballer of the year based in Africa went to Mbwana Samata of Tanzania and African champions TP Mazembe.