Tuesday 13 December 2016

Riyad Mahrez Is This Year BBC African Player Of The Year

Algeria and Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has been named the winner 2016 BBC African Player of the Year award. The announcement was made on Monday by the BBC.

Mahrez beat off competition from Gabon striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Senegal Sadio Mane, Andre Ayew of Ghana and Yaya Toure of Cote d'Ivoire who won it in 2015. Mahrez had a memorable year for Leicester City, playing a key role in the Foxes winning their first-ever English Premier League title last season and to cap a wonderful season, Mahrez was voted EPL Player of the Year.

Mahrez becomes the fourth North African player after Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt), Mohamed Barakat (Egypt), and Yacine Brahimi (Algeria), to win the BBC award.

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