Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beats Yaya Toure to Caf award
Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang beat Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure to win the Confederation of African Football's player of the year award.
In a vote of coaches and technical directors of Caf nations, Aubameyang got 143 points, with Manchester City midfielder Toure on 136 and Ghana and Swansea midfielder Ande Ayew on 112.
Aubameyang is the first player from his country to win the award.
Toure said he was "quite disappointed" but praised "brilliant" Aubameyang.
Toure had won the award for the last four years and was recently crowned BBC African footballer of the year for 2015.
He lifted the Nations Cup trophy in February last year as Ivory Coast took the African crown for the first time in more than 20 years.
Aubameyang is the Bundesliga's leading scorer so far this season, with 18 goals in 17 league games.
The Gabonese star thanked his family, team-mates and the Gabon president Ali Bongo Ondimba, who hailed Aubameyang's "dazzling intuition" and "an attack of unparalleled velocity".