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Leicester City’s Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez on Thursday won the 2016 Glo-CAF African Player of the Year award at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
The BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 award winner made the final three-man shortlist alongside Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Liverpool’s Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane for the award ceremony sponsored by telecommunications firm Globacom.
The three players will be representing their countries at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Aubameyang, who won the award at the same venue last year after scoring 25 Bundesliga goals to end as the league’s second-top scorer behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski last season, came second in the contest. Mane, who has been a revelation since arriving at Anfield from Southampton this summer for around £30m, placed third.
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho picked up the Most Promising Talent award, while Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi was crowned Youth Player of the Year.