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Yaya Toure beaten to African footballer of the year prize by Arsenal-linked star

first_img1 Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure missed out on a fifth successive African player of the year award as his reign was ended by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Confederation of African Football announced Ivory Coast international Toure was edged out by Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang, who polled 143 voting points to Toure’s 136 among national coaches.Aubameyang scored 41 goals and claimed 11 assists for his club and country during 2015, including a haul of 18 strikes in 17 Bundesliga games so far this season.The 26-year-old winner wrote on Instagram: “Thanks to my Father and Mother thanks to my son and his Mom thanks to my family to my friends to my teammates @bvb09 and from Gabon national team thanks to my fans and thanks God and everybody.”Toure, who won the African Nations Cup with his country last February, was sorry to miss out on extending his streak of personal accolades at the ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, on Thursday night.He said, according to BBC Sport: “I’m quite disappointed, but I don’t want to complain too much.“I just want to give credit to Aubameyang – you’ve been doing brilliantly well this year.”Swansea and Ghana forward Andre Ayew finished third in the poll with 112 points. Andre Ayew, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Yaya Toure last_img read more


first_imgIt’s another fun-packed, family weekend in Ardara as The Melting Pot hits town celebrating its fifth fantastic year.This multicultural festival celebrates intercultural diversity from across the globe incorporating music, dance, art, food and film. This year’s theme, in this Olympic year is ‘Cultures Unite’ A wonderful weekend of events has been planned for all the family to enjoy.Kicking off on Friday 1st June with a Pop up Art gallery with local and international artists followed by Chinese lanterns by the river. Music includes Ian Smith Vintage and Jack Jive & the Slammers.Saturday afternoon sees The Bluestack Jam Club performing on the Diamond stage while Mr Majestic hosts his magic show for the kids. Kilclooney Country market will be open for business while Nancy’s bar hosts a BBQ with music by Red Sail.The Flower Pot will be hosting a ‘Flower Power’ afternoon for children including face and balloon painting. Music includes Kathy Crinion, Paul Buckley and on tour from Armenia, rock band with a folksy twist – The Bambir. Sunday sees the indoor Global Market and Foods of the World in the Heritage Centre. The quaint Carnivalesque Pageant will parade through town with adults and children in colourful costumes supported by Spotlight dance troupe and Donegal Samba band and include World Dolls project supported by One Donegal. Music includes Freefall, The Man in Black, Urban Hermits and from Portland Oregon, The Underscore Orkestra.Bank Holiday Monday sees the festival chill out with an afternoon of pampering including Indian head massage, Thai massage, Reflexology and Reiki followed in the evening with the festival wind down. A great array of comedy and musical talent including The Mangina Monologues, Foutains Fall and Yesterday’s Jam brings the weekend to an ascending ending.With a lot further going on over the weekend including more music, dance, film screenings, world beer promotions, festival foods, global stalls plus loads more for the children. There really is something for everyone. This really is a family friendly festival that must not be missed.For further details see the website: www.ardarameltingpot.comOr contact Martin 087 677 4069 IT’S ALL IN ‘THE MELTING POT’ IN ARDARA THIS WEEKEND! was last modified: May 31st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraTHE MELTING POTlast_img read more