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AFCON title with Algeria ‘Mahrez target’.

Newly crowned African Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez, on Thursday
said his next target is to help Algeria win the 2017 Africa Cup of
Nations title in Gabon.

The Leicester City forward dethroned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as
Africa best player at Thursday’s Glo-CAF gala in Abuja, after playing a
key role in the Foxes’ English Premier League triumph, Goal reports.

While admitting piping Aubameyang and Liverpool’s Sadio Mané to the
award was no mean feat, Mahrez is hoping to help the Fennecs conquer the
continent when Africa’s biggest football showpiece kicks off in Gabon.

“I’m very happy to win it,” Goal quoted Mahrez as saying to journalists after receiving his award.

“Honestly, it was between two big players. It is never easy to win a big award like this
“I’m very happy and very pleased; [I am not done yet ] as I just have to keep going.

“The next thing after this award is the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. My team will try to do good things there.

“It is not going to be easy in Africa but it will be good maybe to win the title.”

Algeria won its only AFCON title in 1990.

Mahrez targets AFCON title with Algeria

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