Tuesday, 2 December 2014

BBC African Footballer 2014--- Brahimi Beats Vincent Enyeama

Yacine-Brahimi 

                     In spite of the publicity aimed at drumming supports to boost Vincent Enyeama’s chances of emerging as the BBC African Footballer of the Year, Algerian Yacine Brahimi defeated him and a couple of others to the title.
                    Voting statistics revealed that the total number of votes submitted from fans across the 207 countries registered with FIFA, put Brahimi on top of the list, beating Nigeria’s number 1, Enyeama, Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Ivorian pair Gervinho.
Interestingly, Brahimi also beat Yaya Toure, the Ivorian midfielder, to grab the title owing to the Algerian star’s performance at the last World Cup in Brazil.

No doubt, his emergence as BBC Footballer of the Year is an indication that fans recognised his outstanding efforts in Brazil 2014, which saw his country through to the round of 16 for the first time and also scoring his first international goal in the 4-2 defeat of South Korea at the group stage.
Perhaps, if Enyeama had emerged as winner, he would have become the second Nigerian after Austin J.J Okocha, who won the BBC title both in 2003 and 2004 consecutively.
Brahimi, 24-year old FC Porto star was announced as  the 2014 winner of the title on Monday, making him the first winner from Algeria.
Speaking with BBC Sport, Brahimi expressed his joy saying: “It’s a big honour for me to receive this wonderful trophy. I owe it to my country, Algeria, and to all the people who voted for me. It’s also a trophy for the whole of Africa, because it rewards an African player. So I am really very happy.”
Thrilled to have been enthusiastically applauded as the best player on the continent for this past year, Brahimi said: “First I won the award because of the people who voted for me. So once again I need to thank them.
“Then it’s thanks for FC Porto – they allowed me to play in the Champions League, to play in big games and to have great performances. The club has allowed me to express myself and to perform well on the pitch.
“This trophy is going to give me more strength, more desire to work, to get better, to learn so that I can keep having great performances”.
Furthermore, as the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) of January 17 to February 8, 2015 appraoches, Brahimi is one player to watch out for as he is already part of Algeria’s squad to play in Equatorial Guinea.
Concerning the AFCON, Brahimi said: “The Africa Cup of Nations is also coming. There are big opportunities for me and I hope I’ll be able to achieve big things this year both with my national team and my club.

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