Yaya Touré named African footballer of year

2014-01-10 10:56

Lagos – Manchester City star Yaya Touré has won his third African footballer of the year award – the 31-year-old Ivory Coast international also won in 2011 and 2012.

Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel was second and Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast came third.

“I thank my family for their support and also congratulate John Obi Mikel, who also deserved this award,” said Touré yesterday. He was a key player for both club and country last year.

Egyptian legend Mohamed Aboutrika beat compatriot Ahmed Fathy and Sunday Mba from Nigeria to win the best player based in Africa award.

It was a fitting send-off gift for the 35-year-old Al Ahly star, who has announced his retirement from the game.

Ahly was also rewarded as the Club of the Year ahead of CS Sfaxien of Tunisia and South Africa’s Orlando Pirates after they won an eighth CAF Champions League trophy.

Nigeria scooped several awards to underline a very successful year. Stephen Keshi was voted Africa’s best coach, and the Super Eagles were the best national team after they won a third Africa Cup of Nations in February and qualified for a fifth World Cup.

The country’s Under-17 team were picked as the national youth team and Kelechi Iheanacho, who was voted the most valuable player of the 2013 Under-17 Fifa World Cup, received the most promising talent award.

The list of winners of the 2013 CAF Awards:

African footballer of the year: Touré

Best African-based player: Mohamed Aboutrika

Coach of the year: Stephen Keshi

Most promising talent: Kelechi Iheanacho

National team of the year: Nigeria

National youth team of the year: Nigeria Under-17

Club of the year: Al Ahly of Egypt

Referee of the year: Djamel Haimoudi

Legends of the year: Bruno Metsu, Jose Faria

Africa XI: Vincent Enyeama, Ahmed Fathi, Mehdi Benatia, Kevin Constant, John Obi Mikel, Yaya Touré, Mohamed Aboutrika, Jonathan Pitroipa, Emmanuel Emenike, Asamoah Gyan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Coach: Stephen Keshi

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