Yaya Toure crowned African Player of the Year

By Drum Digital
10 January 2014

Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure has been crowned African Player of the Year for the third time in a row.

The 30-year old, who stars for English giants Manchester City picked up the topmost prize at the 2013 Glo-CAF Awards Gala held on Thursday, January 9 in Lagos, Nigeria.

He saw off competition from compatriot Didier Drogba and John Obi Mikel of Nigeria for the most prestigious individual honour in African football. Toure, who was crowned the finest player on the continent in 2011 and 2012, garnered 373 votes against 265 and 236 by Mikel and Drogba respectively.

Award winners

Player of the Year: Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City)

Player of the Year (Based in Africa): Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt and Al-Ahly)

Most Promising Talent: Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)

National Team of the Year:  Nigeria

Youth National Team of the Year:  Nigeria U-17 team

Club of the Year:  Al-Ahly (Egypt)

Coach of the Year: Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)

Referee of the Year: Haimoudi Djamel (Algeria)

Fair Play award

Nigeria Supporters

CAF Legends

Bruno Metsu

Mehdi Faria

Platinum Award

Goodluck Jonathan (President of Nigeria)

Africa Finest XI

Goalkeeper: Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathy (Egypt), Mehdi Benatia (Morocco), Kevin Constant (Guinea)

Midfielders: Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso), John Obi Mikel (Nigeria), Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire), Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt)

Forwards: Emmanuel Emenike (Nigeria), Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon)

Source:  www.cafonline.com

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