Sport Brief: Mahrez named BBC African Footballer of the Year

30th Dec 2016
Sport Brief: Mahrez named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez has been named the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 award

Football

Paul Pogba of Manchester United and Sadio Mane of Liverpool were shortlisted for November’s Carling goal of the month award. Pogba scored merely 15 minutes after the match against Swansea City had commenced. Sadio Mane scored twice in Liverpool’s 6-1 win against Watford.

Algerian striker Karim Benzema becomes the sixth player to score 50 goals in the Champions league. The forward joins his Real-Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo and is amongst other stars such as Thierry Henry and Lionel Messi.

Leicester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez has been honoured with the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 award. The Algerian expressed his gratitude to the BBC Sport saying, “To all the fans, thank you very much” and later adding that he wants to “thank the Algeria fans and dedicate this to them as well” and to his family.

Arsenal are neither considering selling nor investing more in two of their highest paid players, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez, and want to see their contracts through, leaving the players to go on a free transfer if they wish. “These players have 18 months left. They will stay for 18 months and hopefully much longer” Said Arsene Wenger.

Cricket

Haseeb Hameed of the England team leaves the tour in India and his team after a defeat from India but wins respect from his fellow teammates after continuing to play despite having broken his small finger. The 19-year-old had wowed the crowd with his remarkable performances prior to his injury. He has been substituted for Keaton Jennings who made his debut in India. England’s tour of India is still ongoing and will continue through to February of the following year.

Athletics

Alistair Brownlee reckons Mo Farah missed out on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year top three once again because “maybe some people don’t see him as British.” Somalia-born long-distance king Farah came fourth again, behind three Olympic gold medallists, despite winning two golds himself — just like he did in 2012. The 33-year-old finished third at the awards bash in 2011, but also fourth in 2013 and sixth in 2015. Farah completed the ‘double double’ in Rio this year, as he retained the 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic titles he won in London four years ago. That made him Britain’s most successful Olympic track and field athlete of all time.

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