Victor Wanyama Criticizes BBC Africa Footballer of the Year Award


Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama has slammed the BBC awards after he was omitted from a five-man shortlist for the 2016 African Footballer of the Year.

Despite featuring consistently at both Southampton and Tottenham, Wanyama was not included and he feels he deserved to be among Africa’s top five.

“I deserve to be in the list but it is what it is. I don’t know the criteria they use but it is BBC and they will always be BBC. I am only focused on club and country at this moment and I don’t care what BBC wants to do or who they want to give,” a dejected Wanyama told Capital Sport.

Among the players named in the final shortlist is Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure, Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who was named the PFA player of the year last season, Sadio Mane, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ghanaian Andre Ayew.

The winner to be announced December 12 will be decided by votes from fans across the world.