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Algeria's Riyad Mahrez Is African Footballer Of The Year 2016

Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez has won the African Footballer of the Year on the back of his contribution to Leicester City's Premier League title win. He beats Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane. The prize was awarded to Riyad Mahrez at a Confederation of African Football annual awards ceremony in Nigeria's capital, Abuja.

African Player of the Year
1. Riyad MAHREZ (Algeria & Leicester City) – 361 votes
2. Pierre-Emerick AUBAMEYANG (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund) – 313 votes
3. Sadio MANE (Senegal & Liverpool) – 186 votes




Mahrez earned 361 votes to beat out last year’s award winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (313 votes) and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (186 votes).
The Algerian international recorded 17 goals and 11 assists in 37 games last season, en route to Leicester's historic Premier League triumph.
The Premier League was well-represented as Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi took home Africa's Young Player of the Year honours.



The Confederation of African Football (CAF) title made it a hat-trick of wins for the 25-year-old, who has already been named PFA players' player of the year and BBC African player of the year last year.
"It's a huge honour to receive this award, I want to thank all my teammates,my family, Africa, Nigeria as well," Mahrez said.
Gabon's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Senegal's Sadio Mane and Mahrez were the three top contenders. An initial list of 10 finalists was whittled down to five last month, but Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Algerian striker Islam Slimani had fallen out of the reckoning.
Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's second highest scorer in 2015-16, finished ahead of Yaya Toure last year, despite the Manchester City midfielder captaining the Ivory Coast to the 2015 African Nations Cup. The African Footballer of the Year is chosen by a poll of national team coaches and a panel of media experts.
Sixteen players have won African football most prestigious individual award since its inauguration in 1992. Ghanaian legend Abedi Pele was the very first winner.



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congrats mahrez

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