Gabonese forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubemeyang was on Thursday, January 7 2016, voted Glo CAF Footballer of the Year for 2015, with a 142 votes mainly polled from coaches on the African continent.
Ivory Coast and Manchester City’s talisman, Yaya Toure placed second with 136 votes with Ghana’s Andre Ayew placing third with 112 votes.
To many Ghanaians, it was a disappointment for the Black Stars deputy captain not to be named as the award winner in a year which saw Andre Ayew, perform so hard to clinch the joint top scorer at the 2015 AFCON played in Equatorial Guinea where Ghana only lost to Ivory Coast on penalties.
His heroics at club level were equally remarkable which culminated in a move from Marseille in France to EPL side, Swansea. He won the club’s player of the month awards twice and also lost narrowly to Yaya Toure, the BBC African Player of the Year.
So what do Ghanaians make of the failure of Andre Ayew to win the CAF Footballer of The Year award?
Our Yen.com sports desk hit the streets of Accra to find out what a cross section of Ghanaians think of CAF’s decision.
For the majority of people who spoke to us, they were of the view that CAF and Issah Hayatou will never want to see a Ghanaian win the award.
Despite the excellent form of Aubameyang in the Bundesliga which has seen him lead the goal king chart with as many as 18 goals and doing well ahead of players like, Lewandowski and Muller both of Bayern Munich, most people felt the exploits of Andre Ayew in the AFCON could not be over looked and should have won him the award ahead of the Gabonese player whose team failed to reach the second round of the AFCON.
For now, Aubameyang is the African Player of the Year and we congratulate him whilst we wish Ayew and Yaya better luck next time.