For four consecutive years, he dominated the Glo/Caf African Best Footballer, yet he thought he should have won the fifth in Abuja on Thursday.
The Ivorien International, Yaya Toure was disappointed when the prestigious crown flew to the head of Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a Gabonese.
When Yaya Toure came on board, he occupied the seat and had since forgotten that the crown he wore for four years is not his own but belongs to every outstanding son of Africa who plays football.
Sam Eto Fils, won and wore the crown four times and never felt cheated, Nigeria Kanu Nwakwo twice, Hadji Diouf of Senegal, twice, Abde Pele of Ghana, thrice, Didier Drogba, Twice. These are footballer than won it more than ones and they quit quietly without any hush-hush.
The unluckiest of them all, Austin J.J Okocha who was later compensated with African Legendary Award never won the continent footballer of any year. He was at the last Glo/Caf award happy. Twice he had climbed the podium for the coveted crown but he was not lucky.
Why the noise from Toure who gave excuses of how he led the Ivorien national team to 2015 AFCON glory. No doubt, Toure’s talent is unrivaled for now but if club and national achievements are the only criteria to measure who wins African POTY, such player like John Mikel Obi would have won it in 2014.
John Mikel Obi delivered AFCON 2013 to Nigeria with his passes and domineering performance in the midfield of African Cup of Nation. Nigeria beat Cote d’Voir on its way to clinch the cup. He made Toure looked ordinary in the centre cycle and gave Nigeria the pass that nailed the Ivoriens.
Mikel went ahead to win Europa yet he contested with the man he beat in AFCON and lost. Mikel lost to Toure the way Toure lost Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
What shall we say about the talented and one of the most skillful African footballers, Andre Ayew who emerged the highest goal scorer in AFCON, he bowed out of the contest as third best with his father Abedi Pele watching.
He left indelible legacy in France and scored in his debut for Swansea City in EPL.
Yaya Toure labelling the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as ’indecent’ and ‘pathetic’ for not awarding him the African Player of the Year award describes how arrogant the player had grown.
His statement speaks volume of the African in him. Toure should be reminded that Aubameyang, born in France but a Gabonese international, has already scored 24 goals in 23 games for his club this season.
Toure 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 lamented.