Manchester City player Yaya Toure has blasted African football confederation and described it as “indecent” and “pathetic”.
Borrusia Dortmund player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has won the 2015 African player of the year award.
Yaya Toure was named second best player while Andre Ayew was named thrid best player.
In his interview for French radio station RFI he said:
” I’m very, very disappointed. 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.”
He continued: “Even FIFA, with all its history of corruption, wouldn’t do [what CAF judges did]. I’ll give an example. Messi won all the trophies, but it’s Cristiano Ronaldo who won the award [Ballon d’Or]. What would you say? It’s unfair.
Yaya will take care of Yaya and let Africa take care of itself. 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,” Toure stressed.