Algeria and Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has been named the Confederation of African Football’s player of the year.
The 25-year-old played a key role in the Foxes’ shock Premier League-winning season in 2015-16, with 17 goals and 10 assists in 37 appearances.
“It’s a huge honour, I am happy and pleased. I thank all my teammates at Leicester and Algeria,” Mahrez said as he received the award on Thursday. “I dedicate this to my family and all those who support me every day.”
Despite missing out on the main award for the night, Super Falcons striker Asisat Oshoala, who plays for Arsenal Ladies was named the Women’s Player of the Year, while the Super Falcons who won the Africa Women Championship for the eight time were crowned the Women National Team of the Year, wading off opposition from Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho was also crowned the Most Promising Talent, beating compatriot Oghenekaro Etebo, Ramadan Sobhi of Egypt, Elia Meshack of DR Congo and Naby Keita, while Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi scooped the Youth Player of the Year award ahead of Frank Kessie of Cote d’Iviore, Eric Ayilah of Ghana, Sadiki Maiga of Mali and Sandra Owusu Ansah of Ghana’s Black Queens.
Super Falcons’ handler Florence Omagbemi lost in the Coach of the Year award category where Mamelodi Sundowns’ Pitso Mosimane was picked.
CAF Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundown were named Club of the Year ahead of TP Mazembe, Zesco United and Club de Lanne; while Uganda brushed aside Nigeria’s Dream Team, DR Congo, Senegal and Guinea Bissau to emerge the National Team of the Year.