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Aubameyang congratulates Mahrez, twitter reacts to outcome

Aubameyang congratulates Mahrez, twitter reacts to outcome

Awards

Algerian international and Leicester City midfielder, Riyad Mahrez, was on Thursday night crowned 2016 African Player of the Year in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.

He beat the Gabonese skipper and last year’s winner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegalese winger Sadio Mane to the continent’s top football award.

“It’s a huge honour to receive this award, I want to thank all my teammates, my family, Africa, and Nigeria as well,” Mahrez said.

It’s a huge honour to receive this award, I want to thank all my teammates, my family, Africa, and Nigeria as well.

Aubameyang sent a congratulatory tweet to Mahrez for winning the award. Many people reacted to the outcome of the awards on social media platform twitter.

As usual, there were mixed reactions, some funny, some analytical and others downcast by the turn out. Below are a few of the reactions:

Below are the other awards presented on Thursday night at the Abuja International Conference Centre in Nigeria.

  • African Player of the Year: Riyad Mahrez
  • CAF Platinum Award: Muhammadu Buhari
  • Football Leader of the Year: Manuel Lopes Nascimento
  • African Player of the Year – Based in Africa: Denis Onyango
  • Referee of the Year: Bakary Papa Gassama
  • Women’s Player of the Year: Asisat Oshoala
  • 2016 Coach of the Year: Pitsoo Mosimane
  • 2016 Youth Player of the Year: Alex Iwobi
  • 2016 Most Promising Player of the Year: Kelechi Iheanacho
  • Club of the Year: Memelodi Sundowns
  • Women’s National Team of the Year: Nigeria
  • National Team of the Year: Uganda