BBC to air live the African Footballer of the Year winner

BBC to simulcast the live announcement of African Footballer of the Year from BBC World News for the first time.

 

BBC Britain, will simulcast the live announcement of African Footballer of the Year from BBC World News for the first time on Monday, 12 December 2016 at 19:30pm CAT.

It will broadcast a 15 minute programme fronted by World News’ Focus on Africa presenter, Peter Okwoche, and feature player profiles, highlights from the award’s launch programme and the live reveal of this year’s winner.

The hugely popular award, which celebrates the best African footballer of the year, has been run by the BBC for over two decades.

This is the first time that BBC Brit has shown the announcement live on the channel.  It will be a change to the advertised schedule featuring a double bill of popular quiz show Pointless.

Joel Churcher, Vice President and General Manager for BBC Worldwide Africa said,

“We’re delighted to bring such a key sporting moment to the BBC Brit audience in Africa. We’re looking to increasingly stretch our channel offering to viewers, and this event TV moment is a start of more exciting things to come.”

This year’s shortlisted players who were nominated and hope to clinch the coveted title are; Ivorian and Man City midfielder, Yaya Toure, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Gabon who plays for German club Borussia Dortmund, Pierre was also voted the 2015-2016 Player of the Year in Germany’s Bundesliga and is currently Gabon’s highest goal scorer of all time

Algeria national and Leicester City midfielder, Riyad Mahrez, Senegalese and Liverpool  player, Sadio Mane, and André Ayew who plays for Ghana national team and English club  West Ham.

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