Kolo defends Yaya over Caf award

Liverpool defender, Kolo Toure, has jumped to the defence of his younger brother, Yaya, following his outburst in the wake of losing the 2015 African Footballer of the Year award in Abuja, Nigeria last week.

Gabon international, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, was named African Footballer of the Year, ending Yaya’s four-year reign and that prompted the Manchester City midfielder to brand the whole incident a “shame” to the African continent.

“I’m very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react this way, that they don’t think African achievements are important.

“I think this is what brings shame to Africa, because to act in that way is indecent. But what can we do about it? Us Africans, we don’t show that Africa is important in our eyes. We favour more what’s abroad than our own continent. That is pathetic,” Yaya said in his outburst over the Caf awards.

However, his elder brother, Kolo, believes the Manchester City man should have won the 2015 African Footballer of the Year considering that “he was the only African player voted in the top four or five players in the world.”

He further said Yaya was hopeful of winning the award since Ivory Coast finished 2015 as African champions having won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the year.

The 34-year-old Liverpool centre half also thinks that his brother has been provoked to air his outburst after losing to Aubameyang.

He added that he would “need to teach Yaya how to speak (to the media) a bit more.

“I haven’t spoken to him yet, I think he would be angry with me as well. I need to teach Yaya how to speak a bit more.

“Yaya is a good player but some of the big players like Eric Cantona are very strong-willed. I think that is how he is. He is a winner and, when he doesn’t win everything, goes a little bit crazy.

“For me he deserved that award. He was the only African player voted in the top four or five players in the world but he doesn’t win African Player of the Year. We also won the Africa Cup of Nations and that is why he was expecting to win.

“I will always be behind my brother but this is the game, sometimes you lose and sometimes you win. Yaya’s reaction is because he is a winner. I know deep inside he is a nice guy.

“I saw so many comments but I think the football world pushes him to do things that are not really him. He says some things that he doesn’t need to say,” Kolo told British newspaper, The Guardian.

Yaya won the African Footballer of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 before being dethroned by Borussia Dortmund forward, Aubameyang in 2015.

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