Former Super Eagles handler, Adegboye Onigbinde, has chided Yaya Toure for crying foul after losing the 2015 African Footballer of The Year Award to Gabon’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
At the Glo-CAF Award ceremony held on Thursday in Abuja, Aubameyang usurped Toure, who was gunning for a record fifth straight award. Ghana’s Andre Ayew came third.
But in his reaction to the award given to Aubameyang, Toure expressed his disappointment with the decision, questioning CAF’s credibility. He endorsed CAF’s choice of Aubameyang.
“Can one be the accused and the judge? There is a meticulous system of selecting people for this award and probably he (Toure) does not understand the details. And I don’t believe CAF has changed its system from what I know it to be,” Onigbinde said.
“This award is not done by one man. It is done by media people, technical people, making their input. Unless Yaya Toure can come out and say what he thinks that really went wrong.”
Onigbinde dismissed Toure’s claim that the fact Cote d’Ivoire won last year’s Cup of Nations should have given him the edge.
“Because Cote d Ivoire won the Cup of Nations is not a criteria to award him the award. It is a cumulative assessment. It’s like when Nigerians are talking about the FIFA ranking, making claims that the Super Eagles won this match and that match, the question is of what grade are these matches.
“So like I said, it is a cumulative assessment, not just because you won the Cup of Nations and you think you are the best.”