By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Nollywood superstar Richard Mofe Damijo has taken a swipe at dethroned African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure for the comments he made over his failure to win the 2015 Glo/CAF African Footballer of the Year award.
Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang was declared the winner of the prize at the International Conference Abuja on Thursday evening, beating off competition from Toure and Andre Ayew.
Toure, who led Ivory Coast to win the 2015 Africa Cup on Nations, stormed out of the stage when he realised he was losing his crown to the Gabonese international.
“I think that’s what makes the shame of Africa,” Toure had said.
“To behave in this way is indecent! But what can we do?
“We Africans, we do not show that Africa is important to us.
“We give more priority to what’s going on elsewhere than in our own continent. This is what is appalling.”
Toure then suggests Barcelona’s Lionel Messi deserves the Ballon d’ Or at the expense of Cristiano Ronaldo, surreptitiously equalling himself as the Barcelona star.
“I give an example: it’s Lionel Messi who wins all the trophies but it’s Ronaldo who is Ballon d’Or. What would you say? It would be unfair.”
“Yaya will look after himself, and let Africa look after itself. Like I’m often told, you shouldn’t worry too much about Africa, because Africa will be the first to let you down.”
Damijo who was at the venue of the event and is a brand ambassador of the sponsors Glo condemned Toure’s tantrums.
“He is a sore loser. There were people who were upset when he started winning and didn’t abuse CAF.
“Mikel won the 2013 Nations Cup and didn’t win best footballer award that year.
“For his (Toure) stature in the game and a four-time winner, he owes us all an apology for his conduct.
“Yaya Toure is not bigger than CAF and those who voted for the players.
“Suddenly he just fell from grace. Hubris is a bad thing. He never knew Africa was bad when he was winning,” RMD stressed.