Yaya Toure reacts angrily to missing out on African Player of the Year award

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Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is said to have reacted angrily to missing out on a fifth consecutive African footballer of the year award.

The Etihad favourite came second to Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubemayang and reportedly told a French reporter the decision "brings shame" to the continent.

The award is decided through a vote from coaches and technical directors from Confederation of African Football nations.

Aubemayang became the first player from Gabon to win the accolade, gaining 143 points. Toure had 136 while Swansea City's Andre Ayew came third with 112.


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The Borussia Dortmund man has been on fire in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 18 goals in 17 matches. On the other hand, Toure has been criticised for his perceived lack of effort for Manchester City at times.

While the 100-cap Ivory Coast international labelled this year's winner as "brilliant", his problem with coming second was due to the fact he helped his nation win the 2015 African Cup of Nations. 

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According to French publication L'Equipe, Toure told French radio station RFI: “I’m very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important.

“As I’ve been told many times, you can’t take care of Africa too much because Africa will be the first to let you down.”

“I think this is what brings shame to Africa, because to act in that way is indecent. But what can we do about it? Us Africans, we don’t show that Africa is important in our eyes. We favour more what’s abroad than our own continent. That is pathetic.

“As I’ve been told many times, you can’t take care of Africa too much because Africa will be the first to let you down.”


Aubameyang's success is no more than the 26-year-old deserves. He has established himself as one of the most potent attacking threats in world football after a storming 2015 for club and country.

On the other hand, Toure's influence at the Etihad has severely diminished and the likelihood of a move away from Manchester continues to grow as he becomes a passenger in midfield.

The Ivorian insisted his achievements at the African Cup of Nations should have been recognised. He didn't even win Player of the Tournament.

Someone find this man's dummy. 

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