Borussia Dortmund goal poacher Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has won the 2015 CAF African Footballer of the Year honour at a glamorous ceremony held in Abuja, Nigeria on Thursday evening.
The Gabon striker who scored 28 goals last year for club and country to top the Bundesliga scorers chat, narrowly edged out four-time in a row winner Yaya Toure with 143 to 136 votes.
Aubameyang, who has netted 18 league goals in 17 league matches for Dortmund this season, becomes the first player ever from Gabon to win the award.
The prolific forward who has been strongly linked with Barclays Premier League title chasers Arsenal, also has scored seven goals in the Europa League this term.
The African Footballer of the Year is decided by a vote of coaches or technical directors of all Africa’s national teams.
In his acceptance speech, after receiving the gong from acting FIFA president Issa Hayatou, the 26-year-old said: “I thank the people of Gabon, this award is for them. I want to thank my team mates in the national team and also at Dortmund. It is their work that helps me to score goals.
“For the parents of the youth of Africa, please give your kids a chance to realise their dreams.”