Aubameyang's CAF POTY Surprising
By Wleh Bedell
No! no! no! Gabon's 26 year old nimble footed winger cum striker Piere-Emerick Aubameyang does not deserve the 2015 Confederations of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year (POTY) award and without bias, I share the sentiments of the deprived four times CAF African Player of the Year, the 32 year old box to box Ivorian midfielder Gnegneri Yaya Toure, who should have won his fifth consecutive best African player crown.
No disrespect to the German club Borussia Dortmund attacking ace, Aubameyang, who has become the first Gabonese to win the accolade,but he did not do or play more than the English outfit Manchester City marauding midfield par excellence, Toure who is certainly in a league or class of his own on the continent.
While it is true that up to the voting process the electrifying Gabonese final third operator was the top scorer in Europe with 18 goals in the ongoing 2015/16 campaign and was behind Ronaldo, Messi, Lewandowski and Suarez for goals scored in a calendar year, 27, in 2015, he is still miles behind the burly and influential Yaya.
It is worth noting that Piere and his club Dortmund had a disastrous 2014/15 campaign in the Bundesliga that even caused his coach, Jurgen Klopp, to stand down with the club relegated to Europe's second tier club competition the EUROPA. Besides, his Gabon team failed to go beyond the ordinary or the group stage of Africa's biggest competition, the African Nations Cup held in Equatorial Guinea early 2015, a competition the multi functional Toure as captain led his Ivory Coast side to win in ending a 23 year drought after getting the better of bitterest rivals Ghana via a lottery shoot out. Yaya netted two goals in the competition.
Ending as runners-up to Chelsea in the 2014-15 Premiership and being ousted by eventual champions Barcelona in the UEFA champions league that season coupled with he being the only African on the shortlist of FIFPRO and FIFA Ballon D'or 2015 best players listing, just sums up why the towering Ivorian should have won his fifth CAF POTY award and not Emerick winning his first.
It seems the voters, African Coaches, based their votes on goals scored and their fatigue for Yaya's four consecutive years dominance as they just wanted another player to win the crown in ending Toure's reign, something very unfortunate.
Indeed, it is unfortunate and a pity that Yaya Toure was denied his fifth African Crown as he deserved the award the most.