Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has issued to response to Yaya Toure’s comments over African Player of the Year award.
The 26-year old was talking to German publication Sports Bild when he expressed his confusion over Toure’s labelling the award given to him as “pathetic”, “indecent” and “a shame to Africa”.
“I don´t really know why he said that at all. But I am not angry about that and now I don´t really care. It doesn´t interest me anymore.”
The Manchester City midfielder who won the award four times between 2011 to 2014 was hoping to win it again this year.
Toure appeared to congratulate Aubameyang during the presentation ceremony, but immediately went on to express his discontent over the decision to award the title to the Dortmund forward.
A disappointed Toure felt that his achievement with Ivory Coast at African Cup of Nations was overlooked for the fine goal scoring form of Aubameyang in Bundesliga.
“I´m really disappointed. It´s sad to see Africa react like that. The things that happen in Africa are not important to anyone anymore.”
“We favor more what happens outside of our country. That is pitifully. It´s a shame for Africa.”
Aubameyang received 143 points as Toure received 136 with Swansea’s Ghana international Andre Ayew finished third with 112 points.
Yaya Toure’s comments is confusing to anyone and the best possible answer I can arrive at this moment is that he seems to forget that he won it four times in a row by playing for the oil rich Manchester City.