The BBC hosted a live show to kick off two weeks of voting where fans will decide who is the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016. On Saturday 12th November Kobi, Ryan and Abigail from Archbishop Lanfranc academy, and Iliana from Chestnut Grove academy were invited as VIP guests to the BBC Radio Theatre at BBC’s prestigious broadcasting house to experience the show live.
The whole FBB crew had front row seats and were also invited to the networking event after the show. Our young people got the opportunity to meet former South African captain and Sunderland player Steven Pienaar, former DR Congo international Tresor Lualua and England international Eniola Aluko, who plays for Chelsea Ladies.
FBB Schools Participant Kobi said “It was a memorable night because we were the first young people to attend the African Player of the Year and we got to see professional players like Steven Pienaar and Eniola Aluko. It was really inspirational to know there are a lot of African people getting recognised in the world.”
Ryan also added “I would rate it 100/10 because it was really interesting and there were parts when it was really funny.”
FBB Head of Communications Pez said “It was a fantastic evening, our young people represented themselves very well. They showed a lot of creativity and confidence talking to people from the BBC and professionals in the sports industry. They really enjoyed meeting the special guests and being on the front row of this amazing event. Young people don’t usually get the opportunity to network at big occasions like these, big thank you to BBC Africa for inviting us.”
The show unveiled this year’s five-man shortlist – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure – The winner will be decided by fans from across the world, you can vote HERE until 28th November.