Algeria’s Mahrez won the 2016 African Footballer of the Year in Abuja
In January 2017, Algerian and Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez was crowned the Confederations of African Football (CAF) African Player of the Year 2016.
Winning the accolade ahead of Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Mahrez dedicated it to the people back at home.
“Also I want to thank the Algeria fans and dedicate this to them as well and for my family.’‘
The award followed a hugely successful season where Mahrez won the English Premier League title and was voted Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year.
Cameroon wins AFCON 2017 in Gabon
In January this year, Gabon hosted the continent’s biggest football tournament, The Africa Cup of Nations 2017(AFCON).
Having won the hosting rights after Libya withdrew because of security reasons, Gabon was proud to welcome Africa to its shores.
The hosts’ dreams of silverware were however quickly dashed as they were eliminated in the group stages at the hands of Cameroon. The other teams in the group were Gabon and Guinea Bissau.
Cameroon went on to win the tournament in a surprise development, after shocking tournament favorites Egypt 2-1 in the finals.