Panthers of Gabon Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Thursday night dethroned Manchester City midfield maestro Yaya Toure to become the 2015 Glo Africa Footballer of The Year.
At a glamorous ceremony at the International Conference Centre (ICC) in Abuja , the Gabonese striker was picked based on his exploits in the German Bundesliga where he plays.
Apart from his outing for his club, the light skinned striker was also instrumental in Gabon’s qualification for the last round of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.
Nigerian players won awards in other categories at the impressive ceremony co-hosted by broadcaster Robert Marawa and top Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim.
Teenage sensation Victor Osimhen won the award for the Youth Player ahead of his compatriot and captain in the Golden Eaglets squad, Kelechi Nwakali and Mali’s duo of Adama Traore and Samuel Diarra, Mali.
Another Nigerian, Etebo Oghenekaro emerged the Most Promising Talent of the Year after his five goals at the CAF U-23 Africa Cup of Nations helped Nigeria’s Dream Team VI to win the tournament which served as qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke lost out to Herve Renard in the Coach of the Year category. Renard led the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Cote d’Ivoire emerged the National Team of the Year having won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 23 years and already in the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta was adjudged the Africa Player of the Year based in Africa. The forward scored seven goals for his club TP Mazembe of Congo DR as they lifted the CAF Champions League for a record fifth time.
The Women National Team of the Year went to the Lionesses of Cameroon for getting to the knock out stages of the last edition of the Women’s World Cup held in Canada last year in their their debut appearance.