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Aubameyang: Happy to be the First Gabonese to win best Africa player Award

Aubameyang: Happy to be the First Gabonese to win best Africa player Award

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Newly crowned African Footballer Of the Year, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is proud to be the first Gabonese to win the prestigious award.

Aubameyang beat off stiff competition from Yaya Toure who has won the award four times and Ayew respectively.

He polled 143 points, with Toure getting 136 points while Andre Ayew coming in third with 112 points.

“when you’re next to players like Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew its a privillage to win this trophy in front of them because they are great players that I admire so much.”

“I thank the people of Gabon, this award is for them. I’m very happy to be the first Gabonese to win the award. I want to thank my teammates in the national team and also at Dortmund. It is their work that helps me to score goals. For the parents of the youth of Africa, please give your kids a chance to realise their dreams,” Aubameyang said in his acceptance speech.

The forward has been a key part of Borussia Dortmund’s season scoring 24 goals in all since August 2015.

Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba, hailed Aubameyang’s “dazzling intuition” and “an attack of unparalleled velocity”.

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