Written by Bede NNAJI

Toure rants against CAF, Africa

Elephants of Cote d’Ivore and Manchester City of England player, Yaya Toure,  has questioned the rationale behind his not winning the African Footballer of the Year award for a record fifth time.

According to him, “the decision not to award me the African Footballer of the Year for a fifth successive year has brought "shame to Africa".

The Manchester City midfielder finished as runner-up behind Borussia Dortmund and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Toure, who had been awarded the accolade every year since 2011, was complimentary towards Aubameyang, but appeared to think his achievement as the Africa Nations Cup-winning captain was not sufficiently recognised.

"I am very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react like this, not giving any importance to African (competitions), I think it brings shame on Africa. It is indecent. What can we do? We, Africans, we do not show that Africa is important in our eyes. We prioritise external achievements over our own continent. It is lamentable,” Yaya declared.

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