Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has blasted the Confederation of African Football (Caf), after he lost the African footballer of the year crown to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund.
The Cote d’Ivoire captain had won the four previous editions leading to 2015, but lost to Aubameyang, who scored 46 goals for club and country last year and has scored 24 goals in 23 games for Borussia Dortmund this season.
Speaking in an interview after the award ceremony in Abuja, Toure blasted Caf and while expressing his disappointment, appeared to suggest that their Africa Cup of Nations win last February was not put into consideration.
“I’m very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important,” he told French radio station RFI.
“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.”