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Yaya Toure voted Africa's best

2012-12-21 08:21

Accra - Ivorian Yaya Toure of Manchester City won Africa's top football honour on Thursday, beating out his countryman Didier Drogba and Alexandre Song of Cameroon for the CAF player of the year award.

Toure, 29, claimed the prize for the second consecutive year, capping a season where he helped guide his club to the English Premier League title, their first in 44 years.

His crucial double against Newcastle in May made for a dramatic chapter in City's championship bid as the club ultimately edged out bitter rival Manchester United on goal differential in a nailbiting finish.

The giant midfielder appeared to tear up as his name was called at the ceremony in Ghana's capital.

"I have a lot of emotion," he said after climbing the stage to accept the award. "I think this night is so special for me."

He has been praised by City's manager Roberto Mancini for his ability to fill so many roles.

Toure has voiced hope of a prolonged stay at the club and has predicted that more titles could be on the way.

He also remains a crucial component of the Ivory Coast national side, a perennial contender for the African Cup of Nations crown.

Ivory Coast narrowly lost to Zambia at the last continental tournament, reaching the final thanks in part to strong play from Toure, who said the side will have to win some hard contests if it hopes to reclaim the cup.

"I think this year is going to be tough. I think there's going to be a fight to be at the top," he said after accepting the award.

Toure's second CAF honour came on a night when Drogba, the former Chelsea star now playing Shanghai Shenhua, was in line for his third win.

Drogba was seeking to take a step closer to Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o's record four trophies but described his fellow Ivorian as a deserving winner who has played with impressive "consistency over the last two years."

"Being in competition against Yaya and Alex was for me very difficult," said the striker. "For me, I don't mind if Yaya wins. I'm very proud."

Song, a 25-year-old up-and-coming midfielder, was nominated for the first time this year, after a season that included strong play for Arsenal before his transfer to Barcelona.

AFP

Comments
  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-21 09:04

    Soccer in Ivory coast is growing, unlike SA.

  • joseph.okashukelamahlangu - 2012-12-21 10:40

    Tnx Yaya 2 keepon doing gud 4 Africa.

  • Spha - 2012-12-21 11:52

    my own favourate player n d best player in d premiership.halala boet

  • Terence - 2012-12-21 12:42

    All the nominees was the best but Yaya disav it

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-22 16:19

    That is a very good thing and I personally pass my greetings and congradulations to that player and all who were contesting for such award,He deserves that as an African and a citizen who loves his country irrespective of what he has and achieved abroad. So in South Africa we will never have any player getting near to such awards because players in this country are not patrotic they are only in football for the love of money and nothing else whereby they even when get fat cheques abroad forget about playing for their countries national team whereby some even resign from playing for the national team concentrating only to their clubs abroad and not respecting their country,so that is why in this country they will never be regarded for CAF awards and also BBC African football awards.Only if they can change their attitude when they are on top not to be begged before can play for their national team then they will achieve more in terms of getting closer to winning awards at CAF,BBC and FIFA. Remember the likes of Benny Mc Carthy while he was abroad what he used to do for national team when he was called,he was getting a fat cheque whereby he was not even interested in playing for the national team and wanted to be begged first and some times even refuse to come and play,but today he is not abroad and the same national team he did not wanted to play for it is the one now he is willing and wishing to play for it,so as the likes of Steven Pinaar to list but few.

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