Algerian midfielder and Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez was named the best African footballer of the year on Thursday evening in Abuja (Nigeria) during an event hosted by the Confederation of African Football.
The 25-year-old midfielder received 361 votes from the coaches of national teams of the Black Continent and also from the technical directors and media experts, surpassing Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund).
The Borussia Dortmund player was the winner of last year after he gained 313 votes. The third place was occupied by Senegal Sadio Mane (Liverpool), with 186 votes.
Mahrez, became the third Algerian ranked as the African Footballer of the Year, after Lakhdar Belloumi (1981) and Rabah Madjer (1987).
With 17 goals in the Premier League, Mahrez was one of Leicester’s top player on the way to the title. The Algerian Premier League of footballers voted Ryiad the best player of the last edition of the championship.
In 2016, he was also ranked as the 7th nominee for the trophy scored by Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d’Or.
Meanwhile, the best footballer from Africa is Ugandan Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns / South Africa) and the title of best player of the year was appointed to Nigerian, Osho Asís (Arsenal).
The most promising African Footballer of the Year 2016 is Nigerian Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) and the best national team was voted Uganda, male, and Nigeria in the female category.
Gambian Papa Bakary Gassama has won the title of best African referee for 2016.