Gabon’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has been named CAF African Player of the Year 2015 at the Glo-CAF Awards ceremony held Thursday evening in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
The Borussia Dortmund Striker won the biggest award of the night, scoring a total of 143 votes and beating four-time winner, Yaya Gnegneri Toure of Cote D’Ivoire and Manchester City FC who came second with 136 votes and Andre Dede Ayew of Ghana and Swansea City FC who finished third with 112 votes.
Aubameyang becomes the first player to win the award from Gabon after an incredible 2015 with Dortmund. Aubameyang has scored 24 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season. He also scored 16 Bundesliga goals in the previous campaign.
The feat by Aubameyang ended the four-year reign of Toure, which lasted from 2011 to 2014.
For the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa, Mbwana Aly Samatta from Tanzania won the award; he is the first from East Africa to win the coveted prize, set aside for footballers plying their trade on the continent.
Samatta garnered 127 points, ahead of his TP Mazembe teammate and DR Congo goalkeeper, Robert Muteba Kidiaba, who amassed 88 points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah trailed in third place with 63 points.
Cameroonian Gaelle Enganamouit was adjudged Women’s Player of the Year, also becoming the first from her country to pick up the prize.
Other winners include:
Coach of the Year
Herve Renard- Cote D’Ivoire
Best Women’s National Team of the Year
Club of the Year
-TP Mazembe- DR Congo
Referee of the Year
-Bakary Papa Gassama – Gambia
African Legends Awards
Charles Kumi Gyamfi – Ghana
Samuel Mbappe Leppe- Cameroon
CAF Platinum Award
President Muhammadu Buhari – Nigeria
There were musical performances by Shatta Wale (Ghana), Ahmed Soultan (Morocco), Salif Keita (Mali), Awilo Longomba (DR Congo) and Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade, Dija, Korede Bello, Flavour, Omawumi, Bez and Ego.
NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick and some members of his Executive Committee were among other crème de la crème of football administrators around the continent that were in attendance.