Ghana deputy captain Andre Ayew claims that Gabon international and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerrick Aubameyang does not deserve the 2015 African Player of the Year award, handed to him on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria.
Ayew, 26, has become the latest player to criticise the announcement made by Caf after Ivorian and Manchester City star Yaya Toure, who vehemently disagreed with Aubameyang’s achievement during the year under review, insisting that the Africa Cup of Nations must be taken into consideration in such awards.
“They need to explain the criteria that they use to choose the winner of this award,” Ayew toldL’Equipe. “I think that playing in the final game of the Africa Cup of Nations should be considered. I played this game and so did Yaya. I thought that the winner would be one of us.
“Aubameyang is a friend of mine. He made a great performance this year. He scored a lot of important goals but Yaya and myself don’t play the same position that’s why we had less goals compared to him.
“However, I think that Africans should consider their competitions before choosing the winner. To be honest, I think that the winner should have been myself or Yaya,” he added.
Aubameyang becomes the first player from Gabon to win the accolade. He amassed 143 points of the total votes from national team coaches and technical directors of Caf’s member associations, while Toure and Ayew had 136 points and 112 points respectively.
Sports5050 understands that Ayew snubbed Caf’s mandatory press conference after the awards night in anger and furiously drove away to his hotel with his father Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew and brother Rahim Ayew.
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