Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez has been named African Football of the year.
The 25-year old Algerian was chosen ahead of 2015 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane following a poll of African national team coaches, technical directors and media experts.
Mahrez scored 17 goals last season as he helped Leicester to a shock Premier League title.
It is the seventh time in nine years that the winner of the award has come from the English topflight.
Elsewhere in the world of football the mass exodus to the mega-rich Chinese Super League continues as Chelsea’s Jon Obi Mikel is set to join Tianjin Teda
The 29-year old Nigerian has spent more than a decade at Stamford Bridge but he has failed to make a single appearance under new boss Antonio Conte this season.
Mikel is expected to earn 163,000 euros a week at his new club.
Other big name arrivals in China recently include fellow former Blues player Oscar, Carlos Tevez, Axel Witsel and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
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