Sports - GLO/CAF Awards 2016 - Algerian Riyad Mahrez crowned CAF Footballer of the Year


Mahrez, Onyango crowned Kings of African football
 Rihad Mahrez

The prestigious  GLO/CAF award that recognizes hard work in the African Football industry took place last night at the International Conference Center Abuja in Nigeria, and Algerian Mahrez was crowned the king of the African footballer for year 2016.

The 25 years old Leicester City  forward  becomes the first Algerian and the maiden North African to win the prestigious individual honour in African football since its inception by the African Football Confederation in 1992.

Mahrez who played an influential role in the historic Premier League title triumph by English club, Leicester City, last season and Algeria’s qualification to the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017, polled 361 votes to emerge winner in the polls.

He thus dethroned last year’s winner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon who garnered 313 votes, whilst Senegalese forward, Sadio Mane placed a distant third with 186 votes.

The winner was decided by votes from the Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF Media Committee, members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee and a 20-member panel of experts.

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