Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has reacted rather badly to the news that he won’t be the African Footballer of the Year for the fifth season running, The Guardian reports.
The Ivorian lost out to Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who became the first player from Gabon to scoop the award, but Toure has insisted that the decision “brings shame” on the continent.
Toure did describe Aubameyang as “brilliant” but was still visibly sour at the decision, which also saw Swansea’s Andre Ayew come third.
“I’m very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important,” he is believed to have said.
“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.
“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.”
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