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Alex Iwobi has been crowned the Confederation of African Football’s Youth Player of the Year for 2016.
The 20-year-old attacking midfielder only made his first Premier League start for Arsenal in March but quickly became a regular in Arsene Wenger’s starting lineups and was awarded a new deal in October. He currently has five goals to his name in 40 appearances for the Gunners.
Honoured To Be Awarded The CAF Youth Player Of The Year In 2016. Hoping For More Success In The Future ??⚽ pic.twitter.com/eguZ4YXkya
— Alexander Iwobi (@alexiwobi) January 5, 2017
Iwobi has also been making waves at international level, netting his first competitive goal for Nigeria in their World Cup qualifier against Zambia.
The Youth Player of the Year award is a relatively new award from CAF, only in its third year. The Most Promising Talent of the Year gong, slightly more prestigious, was awarded to Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.
Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez pipped Pierre-Emerick Aubamayang and Sadio Mane for the continent’s Player of the Year award.