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Riyad Mahrez named Best Player in Africa at CAF Awards (See Full List of Winners)

The 2016 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards took place in Abuja on Thursday, 5th January 2017 with various awards up for grabs as Leicester City winger, ‘Riyad Mahrez’ emerged the 'Best Player in Africa'.

Riyad Mahrez who plays for the Algerian national team helped his club to the English Premier League trophy, picking up the PFA Player of the Year and the BBC African Footballer of the Year.

The 25-year old expressed his delight at being honored with the award.

He said;

"It's never easy to win a big award like that, I'm very happy to win because obviously, it was against two big players".

"What happened last season was amazing, we knew it wasn't going to happen again - and it won't happen again I think, for a small team like Leicester".

Mahrez beat the likes of Borussia Dortmund Striker, ‘Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’ and Liverpool winger, ‘Sadio Mane’ who came in second and third respectively.

Nigerian players, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho; Mamelodi Sundown's manager, Pitso Mosimane and a host of others also picked up awards at the 2016 CAF Awards.


See Full List of Winners:

African Team of the Year - Mamelodi Sundowns

Youth Player of the Year - Alex Iwobi

Football Leader of the Year - Manuel Lopes Nascimento

Player of the Year -Riyad Mahrez

Women's National Team of the Year - Nigeria Women's National Football Team

Referee of the Year - Bakary Gassama

Coach of the Year - Pitso Mosimane

National Team of the Year - Uganda National Football Team

Female Footballer of the Year - Asisat Oshoala

Player of the Year (Based in Africa) - Denis Onyango

Platinum Award - President Muhammadu Buhari (Nigeria)

Legend Award - Laurent Pokou and Emilienne Mbango



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