Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

Africa: Yaya or No-No? a Call for a Little African Football Appreciation

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Yaya Toure caused a storm in a teacup this week when he told the BBC's Football Focus he didn't think African players received enough recognition. But his comments were mostly taken out of context and spoke more of the desire to prove that Africa - and its players - were on the map and could compete with the best players in the world.

Yaya Toure is feeling a little bit irked. Not because he has been ruled out of the rest of the season with injury, but the Ivory Coast player says he believes African players are not recognised as much as they should be.

In a recent interview with Football Focus on BBC World News, Toure said he felt as though recognition for his efforts only came from fans. While his comments received much attention and excerpts were focused on, the actual interview itself was far tamer and came across more as a plea for recognising Africa as a growing continent.

"To be honest, proper recognition has only come from the fans," said the three-time African player of the year, also voted BBC African footballer of the year in 2013. "I don't want to be hard...

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