Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez has joined the table of Africa’s top footballers after being crowned the 2016 Footballer of the Year on Thursday.
The Leicester City player beat last year’s winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and English Premier League mate Sadio Mane to the top gong.
[caption id="attachment_21873" align="alignnone" width="564"] Riyad helped Leicester City to their maiden English Premier League title last season[/caption]
Riyad thus becomes the second North African after Morocco’s Mustapha Hadji to win the prestigious award.
Ugandan shot stopper Dennis Onyango was also crowned the Best Player based in Africa.
He beat clubmate Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe and TP Mazembe’s Rainford Kalaba of Zambia to the award.
His country, Uganda, was also named the National Team of the Year while his club Mamelodi Sundowns won the Club of the Year. Sundowns’ Coach Pitso Mosimane was named the Coach of the Year.
Full List of Award WinnersAfrican Player of the Year
Women’s player of the Year
Asisat OSHOALA (Nigeria & Arsenal Ladies)
Most Promising Talent
Kelechi IHEANACHO (Nigeria & Manchester City)
Youth Player of the Year
Alex IWOBI (Nigeria and Arsenal)
Coach of the Year
Pitso MOSIMANE (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Club of the Year
National Team of the Year
Women’s National Team of the Year
Referee of the Year
Bakary Papa GASSAMA (Gambia)
Football Leader of the Year
Manuel LOPES NASCIMENTO, President of Guinea Bissau Football Federation
Laurent POKOU – Former player of Cote d’Ivoire
Emilienne MBANGO – Former player of Cameroon
His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Africa Finest XIGoalkeeper: Denis ONYANGO (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
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