Daily Trust (Abuja)

Africa: Yaya Toure Is 2012 African Player of the Year

Ivorian Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year at CAF's awards gala held in Accra on Thursday. The 29-year-old who plays his football in England with Manchester City came top in the coallated results for the award voted for by the coaches and captains of the 53 member associations of CAF.

The former Barcelona midfielder edged compatriot Didier Drogba and Cameroon international Alexander Song.

Toure's achievements with his English club and his immense contribution to the Ivorian national team in the year under review was deemed too massive to eclipse that of his competitors.

He was integral to Man City's Premier League success last term and also helped the side to the FA Community Shield title.

Toure was again instrumental for Ivory Coast at this year's Nations Cup where the Elephants only succumbed in the grand finale to first-time winners, Zambia.

The powerful midfielder has now won the back-to-back African Player of the Year awards following last year's success at the event which coincidentally was held in Accra, Ghana.

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