Borussia Dortmund and Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named as the German Bundesliga’s Player of the Year. The reigning African Footballer of the Year becomes the first African to win the award.
Borussia Dortmund and Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been named as the German Bundesliga’s Player of the Year, a remarkable and unprecedented achievement by an African player.
To claim the coveted award, Aubameyang polled 19.7 percent, edging out Robert Lewandowski, who was last season’s Bundesliga leading scorer by just 0.2 percent. The vote is organised by Germany’s professional players’ union, the VDV.
Aubameyang, who is also the reigning African Footballer of the Year, had a pretty amazing season, scoring 25 goals in 31 league games for Dortmund.With the vote, Aubameyang becomes the first African player to be voted German Bundesliga’s Player of the Year.
The prolific Borussia Dortmund forward is also the only African who appears in the Bundesliga team of the season.
2016 has undoubtedly been a great season for African players plying their trade in the Europe. Leicester City’s sensational winger, Algerian Riyad Mahrez was this year voted the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year, becoming the first African player to receive the award.
Mahrez and his teammates, Ghana’s Jeffrey Schlupp and Daniel Amartey subsequently won the English Premier League trophy, joining the short but prestigious list of African players to lift the trophy in the FA Premier League era.