Alex Iwobi has picked up the African Youth Player of the Year award while Arsenal Ladies forward, Asisat Oshoala, won Women’s Player of the Year.
On the 25th anniversary of the event, the Confederation of African Football handed our 20-year-old forward the prestigious award.
The Nigeria international, who was also picked as a substitute for the African Squad of 2016, has now been capped eight times for his country, scoring once during their 2-1 win over Zambia in a World Cup Qualifying match.
The youngster may only be 20 but it’s clear that he’s made quite an impression and the Confederation of African Football recognise this.
Iwobi took to Twitter following the news to express his pride over the award and admit that he hopes it’s the first of many.
Honoured To Be Awarded The CAF Youth Player Of The Year In 2016. Hoping For More Success In The Future 🙏🏾⚽ pic.twitter.com/eguZ4YXkya
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) January 5, 2017
Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho won Most Promising Talent, Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez won overall Player of the Year and our very own Asisat Oshoala won Women’s Player of the Year.
— ASISAT M.O.N (@AsisatOshoala) January 6, 2017
Two awards for two Gunners in one evening? Pretty good going, to be honest.