Leicester Mahrez wins African Player of the Year, Mane third

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Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez won the African Player of the Year award, beating out last year’s winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund.

Mahrez, an Algerian international, won the Premier League title with Leicester City last season and was selected as the PFA Player of the Year in the Premier League. He is having a down 2016/17 season so far, with Leicester City struggling in the bottom half of the table, but he is still unbeaten in Champions League play, having won Group G.

The race was close, with Gabon international Aubameyang garnering 313 votes to Mahrez’s 361. Aubameyang had an outstanding 2016 as well, and probably a more complete one, scoring 35 goals across all competitions in the 2016 calendar year. This season, he has 16 Bundesliga goals in 15 games, leading the league thus far.

Liverpool winger Sadio Mane finished third in the list, with the Reds in the hunt for the Premier League title this season. Mane, a Senegalese international, has nine Premier League goals in 19 appearances, also assisting five more. He moved from Southampton to Liverpool this past summer for around $43 million.

Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi, a 20-year-old Nigerian international, won the young player award.