Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had an outstanding first half of the season, scoring 18 goals in the league as well as a further nine across the two cup competitions, and was deservedly voted Africa's "Footballer of the Year". Now in Dubai with his team, the Gabon international is preparing for the second half of the season.

"Auba had a brilliant first half of the season and deserved to be voted Africa's Football of the Year," emphasised BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke from the sidelines of today's training session, before adding: "Now he is facing his biggest challenge - of not letting himself be affected by all the praise, but instead remaining totally focused, working hard and showing everyone in the second half of the season that he is one of Europe's top strikers."