Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has thanked his teammates in the Gabonese national team as well as his Dortmund teammates following his emergence as the 2015 African footballer of the year.
The 26-year old beat former holder and Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure by 143 to 136 votes at the awards ceremony held in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital on Thursday night.
“I thank the people of Gabon, this award is for them. I want to thank my team mates in the national team and also at Dortmund. It is their work that helps me to score goals,” he said in his acceptance speech.
“For the parents of the youth of Africa, please give your kids a chance to realize their dreams,” he added.
Yaya Toure had won the award for four consecutive editions before succumbing to Aubameyang, who had a remarkable goal-scoring year, even though he never a trophy success in the year under review
Meanwhile, Ghana international Andre Ayew came third with 112 votes.