Drogba named 2009 African footballer of the year

2010-03-12 13:16

DIDIER Drogba was yesterday, on his 32nd birthday, named African Footballer of the Year for the second time.

Drogba, the Ivory Coast captain and Chelsea striker, received the 2009 award from the Confederation of African Football (CAF), topping a vote by Africa’s national coaches.

Also shortlisted were his club teammate and midfielder Michael Essien of Ghana, and striker Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon, a three-time recipient of the award.

Drogba previously won the award in 2006, and came second best in 2007. He couldn’t attend the two award ceremonies because of his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.

When CAF insisted nominees attend the ceremony, Drogba protested by making himself unavailable for future CAF awards. But he ended the feud last month after talking to Ivory Coast officials and CAF president Issa Hayatou.

Last year, Drogba scored and helped Chelsea win the FA Cup, and reach the Champions League semifinals. He also led The Elephants, the nickname of the Ivory Coast national soccer team, back to its second World Cup.

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