“I’m very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important.
“I think this is what brings shame to Africa, because to act in that way is indecent. But what can we do about it? Us Africans, we don’t show that Africa is important in our eyes. We favour more what’s abroad than our own continent. That is pathetic”
Those were the words of an angry Yaya Toure after he missed out on being named African footballer of the year for a fifth successive year, last night in Abuja.
The award went to Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The award, which is decided via a vote of coaches and technical directors from Confederation of African Football nations, gave 143 points to Aubameyang, 136 points to Toure and 112 to Swansea and Ghana’s Andre Ayew
But AFP and L’Equipe, reports that Toure told French radio station RFI after the awards that he was very disappointed although admitting that Aubameyang is a brilliant player.
“As I’ve been told many times, you can’t take care of Africa too much because Africa will be the first to let you down.”
The Ivorian who was named African footballer of the year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, is reported to have said: