CAF boss Issa Hayatou
CAF boss Issa Hayatou

Yaya Toure after he lost his CAF Player of the Year title have expressed disappointment at Africa Football Body and its President.

CAF boss Issa Hayatou
CAF boss Issa Hayatou

“I’m very, very disappointed,” he told Afrique Foot. “It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important.

“I think this is what brings shame to Africa, because to act in that way is indecent. But what can we do about it? Us Africans, we don’t show that Africa is important in our eyes. We favour more what’s abroad than our own continent. That is pathetic.

“Even FIFA, with all its history of corruption, wouldn’t do this.”

“Yaya will take care of Yaya and let Africa take care of itself,” he added. “As I’ve been told many times, you can’t take care of Africa too much because Africa will be the first to let you down.

“When I return to Europe, a lot of questions will be asked. I think I’m going to have to answer them. As I’m someone who’s honest, I will always tell the truth.”

How Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managed to beat Ghana’s Dede Ayew and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure to win the Confederation of African Football’s player of the year award is still a question that will continue to linger on the minds of many African Football pundits.

Here is why:  In 2001, Sammy Kuffour won everything with his Club and also played exceptionally well but CAF gave POTY to Diouf because of his performance in AFCON and world cup qualifier.
2. Okocha in 2004 won the AFCON Best Player even before the final was played but CAF in their wisdom decided to give POTY to Eto’o who scored 16goals for Mallorca.
3. In 2008, Abutreka also won everything with club and country but CAF gave POTY to Adebayor who scored 24 EPL goals but missed AFCON
4. In 2010, Gyan performed exceptionally well in AFCON (team of the tournament) and World Cup (nominated among top 10) but CAF gave POTY to Eto’o cos he won CL with Inter Milan.

The list can go on and on but what I’m trying to put across is that, CAF is not consistent. They are biased towards the Francophone players.

Yaya should just shut up cos Christian Atsu (AFCON player of the tournament) was not even nominated.

In a vote of coaches and technical directors of Caf nations, Aubameyang got 143 points, with Manchester City midfielder Toure on 136 and Ghana and Swansea midfielder Ande Ayew on 112.

Aubameyang is the first player from his country to win the award.

Toure said he was “quite disappointed” but praised “brilliant” Aubameyang.

Toure had won the award for the last four years and was recently crowned BBC African footballer of the year for 2015.

He lifted the Nations Cup trophy in February last year as Ivory Coast took the African crown for the first time in more than 20 years.

Aubameyang is the Bundesliga’s leading scorer so far this season, with 18 goals in 17 league games.

The Gabonese star thanked his family, team-mates and the Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba, who hailed Aubameyang’s “dazzling intuition” and “an attack of unparalleled velocity”. Boafo/BBC


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