Former Super Eagles coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has lashed out at Yaya Toure, over his remarks after losing the 2015 CAF African Footballer of the Year award to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Aubameyang was named the continent’s best player ahead of the Manchester City midfielder, who had won it for the past four years.
However, Yaya Toure was not pleased with the results and labelled the awards “pathetic and shameful”.
Onigbinde said reacted to the Ivorian’s statements and says Aubameyang was a deserving winner.
“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 have 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 really went wrong.”
Onigbinde also waved aside Toure’s claim, that he deserved to win because he lifted the last Africa Cup of Nations trophy with Cote d’Ivoire.
“Because Cote d Ivoire won the Cup of Nations is not a criteria to award him the award. It is a cumulative assessment,” he added.
“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.”