Toure mad over Aubameyang winning top award

Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a first-time winner of the CAF African Player of the Year Award.
Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a first-time winner of the CAF African Player of the Year Award. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

PARS • Yaya Toure has reportedly reacted very badly to missing out on being named African footballer of the year for a fifth successive year, apparently describing the decision as one which "brings shame" to the continent.

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won the award, which is decided via a vote of coaches and technical directors from Confederation of African Football nations, becoming the first player from Gabon to be recognised in such a manner.

He got 143 points, having scored 18 goals in 17 Bundesliga matches for Dortmund this season, with Toure coming second with 136 points and Swansea's Andre Ayew, from Ghana, third with 112 points.

Toure described Aubameyang as "brilliant" but, according to AFP and L'Equipe, the Manchester City midfielder did not take coming second to the 26-year-old well when speaking to French radio station RFI afterwards, with the 32-year-old's fury seemingly centring on the fact that he helped Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations last year.

Toure, who was named African footballer of the year from 2011 to 2014, is reported to have said: "I'm very, very disappointed. 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.

"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.

"I am sure Andre (Ayew) is also disappointed after what he did last year. But this is not the time to complain. We will all go back and continue to work hard."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 09, 2016, with the headline 'Toure mad over Aubameyang winning top award'. Print Edition | Subscribe