By Alex Stevens

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has beaten Yaya Toure to be named the 2015 African Player of the Year.

The Borussia Dortmund striker was crowned the best player on the continent on Thursday night to end Toure’s personal stranglehold on the award.

Manchester City star Toure won the African Player of the Year award for the previous four years, from 2011-2014.

But the 2015 award, conferred by the Confederation of African Football, has gone to Gabon international Aubameyang, who secured 143 points to place him ahead of Toure, who earned 136 points. Ghana and Swansea midfielder Andre Ayew came in third with 112 points.

 

The top-ranked pair swap places from last year, when Toure won the 2014 award and Aubameyang was runner-up.

Aubemayang has had a phenomenal season, scoring 27 goals in 27 Dortmund matches, including 18 in 17 Bundesliga matches to top the league scoring charts.