Ivorian star Yaya Toure has expressed his disappointment after failing to win the 2015 African footballer of the year award.
The 31-year-old was looking forward in clinching the accolade for a record fifth time in a role after earning nomination by CAF.
Toure led is Ivorian team to win their first Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 23 years after defeating Ghana on penalties in the finals.
The Manchester City star who has already equaled Samuel Eto,o’s record after winning the award on four consecutive occasion was hoping set a new record by winning it for the fifth time but eventually lost out to Gabonese attacker Pierre-Emerick Aubumeyung after securing 146 votes as against Yaya’s 136.
The former Barcelona man thinks he deserved to win the award.
“I am very very disappointed. It is sad to see Africa behave in that manner, for not giving importance to things that happen in Africa,” he told French radio RFI.
“I think these are the kind of things that bring shame to Africa. Because, behaving like they did is very indecent. But what else can one do? We Africans, we don’t show to the world that Africa is important.
“We give priorities to things that happen outside the continent than things that take place here. It is lamentable.
“Even FIFA, with all the scandals going on in there, wouldn’t have done this! I think today, with what has just happened, CAF should be scrutinised as well.”
Toure won the award in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 after excelling with both Club and country.