YAYA TOURE IS AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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Yesterday, Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was named the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Footballer of the Year.

 This was a third straight title for Toure, who also won December’s BBC African Footballer of the year award. 

He was up against strong contenders like Ivorian Didier Drogba, of Galatasaray, and Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi.

 

But he acknowledged that it was a difficult choice for the national team coaches and technical directors who take part in the vote.

 

Toure, 30, emulates Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto’o with a hat-trick of wins.

Ghanaian Abedi Pele won three in a row between 1991-93 while Cameroonian Eto’o took the award from 2003-05.

Toure may not have won a major trophy for club and country last year but his class has shone through at both domestic level and for the Elephants of Ivory Coast.

He was honoured at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on Thursday.

The event was attended by distinguished personalities like Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dame Abimbola Fashola, wife of Lagos State governor; Mrs. Gladys Talabi, Globacom’s Executive Director, legal services, amongst many others.

P-Square wrapped up the show with a beautiful performance, as they sang accompanied by a live band, combined with their dance routine.

Congratulations Yaya!

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