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Abou-Treika retains African-based Player of the Year – CAF Awards
Abou-Treika was today named as the best African-based player for the fourth time in his career and the second time in a row. The award is the last one for the Egyptian national team Legend who announced his decision to retire after Egypt’s 6-1 loss to the Black Stars in Kumasi last October.
Meanwhile, CAF Champions League Champions Al Ahly have been named African club of the year – also for the second year running – beating Orlando Pirates and CS Sfaxien to the award.
Abou-Trieka’s former team-mate Ahmed Fathi was named in the continents third best African-based player behind Nigerian Sunday Mba.
Saleh Gomaa, who joined Nacional da Madeira on an six month loan deal from ENPPI, lost the African most promising talent of the year to Nigerian wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho. The Nigerians have dominated the night, winning five from eleven awards.
The Super Eagles have swept in and claimed the national team of the year and the U-17 national team of the year awards, while their national team coach Stephen Keishi won the African coach of the year award.
The CAF platinum award belonged to the Nigerians as their sports minister received the award. The CAF Fair Play award went to the Nigerian Supporters Club.
Algerian referee Haimoudi Djamel has been chosen as referee of the year and the legends awards went to Mehdi Faria and the recently deceased Bruno Metsu.
The African XI were as follows: Enyeama, Fathi, Benatia, Constant, Mikel, Abou-Treika, Toure, Pitroipa, Aubameyang, Emenike, Gyan with Stephen Keshi as their coach.
Yaya Toure has received the most prominent award of the night, African footballer of the year award for the third time in a row.