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Africa's best player 2016: President Bouteflika congratulates Riyad Mahrez

APS - 08 January 2017

ALGIERS- President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Sunday congratulated the Algerian international, Riyad Mahrez, who has been crowned the African best player 2016 during the African Football Confederation Glo-CAF Awards ceremony, organized Thursday in the Nigerian capital Abuja.

"It’s with both interest and pride that I followed, alike all the Algerians, fans of football, your deserved crowing as the best African player of 2016. This win will be the source of pride for the Algerians, for a long time to come," wrote President of the Republic in his message to Mahrez.

 "Your title (best African player 2016) is an honour for the nation, recognition of our youth in various fields and a reward to your talent, discipline and dedication," said the Head of the State, adding this "victory will inevitably be a motivation for you to continue efforts and perform better."

" On my own behalf and on behalf of the Algerian people, that you made happy, I extend my thanks to you and to all the Algerian sportspeople, assuring you of my support and my constant encouragements for your efforts and your exploits for your country,” added the president of the Republic.

"In every national, regional and international competition, the eyes of your people are on you and its hopes are placed in you as every success you achieve is a success for them and every win you snatch is a source of pride for them. I urge you to give your best (in future competitions)," concluded President Bouteflika.

Algerian international Riyad Mahrez has been crowned Africa's best player for 2016 during the African Football Confederation Glo-CAF Awards ceremony, held Thursday night in Abuja.

Mahrez, the best player of England Premier League he won last season with his team Leicester City,  collected 361 votes.