>> A fitting end for a fairytale season for Leicester City's wizard winger.>> And the winner is Riyad Mahrez.>>
>> The 25-year-old pippin last year's winner Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Germany's Borussia Dortmund to be named the African Footballer of the Year.>> I wanna thank everyone who come today for this award and it's a huge honor to receive this award.
>> The Frenchborn Algerian is part of the Foxes' dynamic duo at forward with Jamie Vardy. The playmaker scoring 17 goals and providing 11 assists in last year's inspired season. Reuters sports editor, Mitch Philips.>> Well, he caught everyone's imagination last year with Leicester when he was named players Player of the Year for the Premier League and he was instrumental in Leicester's incredible five thousand to one Premier League victory last year.
And he's such a beautiful player, such a creative player. It was no surprise, really, that he got the vote in the end.>> For the seventh time in nine years, the award winner has come from a English Premier League team.>> Like the rest of the world, the Premier League is huge in Africa.
African soccer overseas goes both ways. Lot of Africans feature in the Premier League, but English football's always been massive in Africa.>> Fellow countryman and Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho won the Promising Talent award. Uganda nabbing the Team of the Year award after its historic qualifying for the African Nations Cup for the first time in 38 years.