Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez Is The BBC African Footballer Of The Year

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Leicester City forward, Riyad Mahrez has been announced as the BBC African footballer of the year beating the likes of Saido Manè, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew.

The 25-year old who was named PFA Player of the Year was influential in Leicester City’s phenomenal form which led to them lifting the Premier League crown last season.

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He told BBC upon receiving the award, “It means a lot, it’s something big for African players so I am very happy, I am very proud.

“It’s always good to receive awards and for African players it’s a huge honour. To all the fans, thank you very much.”

He added: “Also I want to thank the Algeria fans and dedicate this to them as well and for my family.

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“I just have to carry on and keep going with my football and see what I can do.”

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