Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang won this year’s African Player of the Year Award, becoming the first player since Samuel Eto’o to beat Yaya Toure to the title, and the Manchester City midfielder doesn’t seem too happy about it.
Aubameyang is having a sensational season for German club Borussia Dortmund this time around, having scored 22 goals in all competitions so far this season, but Toure certainly thinks that the Gabon striker is not good enough to seize the title of African Player of the Year from him.
The 32-year-old believes that after captaining the Ivory Coast to their first Africa Cup of Nations triumph since 1992 at the start of 2015, he deserved the award more and went on a bizarre rant when asked about his feelings after losing out to Aubameyang.
“I’m very, very disappointed,” Toure told Afrique Foot, according to Goal.com. “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.
The Ivorian even took a dig at FIFA, saying that “Even Fifa, with all its history of corruption, wouldn’t do this.”
Yaya will take care of Yaya
The Manchester City midfielder went on to say that he is disappointed with his home continent of Africa after this decision and he will now look out only for himself.
“Yaya will take care of Yaya and let Africa take care of itself,” Toure said. “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. When I return to Europe, a lot of questions will be asked. I think I’m going to have to answer them. As I’m someone who’s honest, I will always tell the truth.”