Algeria and Leicester City winger, Riyad Mahrez, has been named the African Footballer of the Year at the 2016 Glo-CAF awards held on Thursday night at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Mahrez was not the only winner, as other Africans, some Nigerians also emerged big winners in other categories.
Most Promising Player of the Year Award went to Nigeria and Manchester City youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho, while his compatriot in Arsenal, Alex Iwobi won the Youth Player of the Year.
The record-breaking Super Falcons of Nigeria rode on the back of their triumph at the 2016 African Women’s Nations Cup to emerge Women’s National Team of the Year.
National Team of the Year went to the Ugandan national team while their goalkeeper, Denis Onyango emerged Africa-based African Player of the Year.
The Club of the Year award was won by South African side, Mamelodi Sundowns.
Coach Florence Omagbemi was also beaten to the Coach of the Year by South African Pitso Mosimane of Mamelodi Sundowns.
Asisat Oshoala won the African Women Player of the Year award.
Other winners are:
Referee of the Year
Bakary Papa Gassama (Winner)
Ghead Zaglol Grisha
African Player of the Year – Based in Africa
Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns) – Winner
Khama BIlliat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns) – Runner-up
Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)
Football Leader of the Year
Manuel Lopes Nascimento, President of Guinea Bissau Football Federation
Laurent Pokou, Former player of Cote d’Ivoire
Emilienne Mbango, Former player of Cameroon
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