Yaya Toure crowned African Player of the Year, Andre Ayew third!
Ivorian Midfielder Yaya Toure has won the Caf Player of the Year award.
Toure, 28, who plays for English club Manchester City beat Mali’s Seydou Keita (2nd) and Andre Ayew of Ghana (3rd) to win Africa’s most prestigious individual award.
He thus succeeds Didier Drogba as the last Ivorian to win the award won in 2009.
After leaving FC Barcelona, Yaya Toure has become one of the most valuable players at English club, Manchester City and reportedly among the highest earners in Premier League.
His impeccable ball control, recovery and his intelligent reading of the game enabled him contribute in his team’s success in the FA Cup.
He scored the only goal at the semi-final against Manchester United and repeated the dose in the final against Stoke City.
He was also one of the key players in Cote d’Ivoire’s successful campaign in the qualifying rounds for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations with some goals to his credit.
Below is the full list of award winners:
Africa Player of the Year – Yaya Toure
Fair Play award – Libyan National team
Coach of the Year – Harouna Doula
National team of the Year – Botswana
Womens National Team of the Year – Cameroon
Club of the Year – Esperence de Tunis (Tunisia)
Referee of the Year – Noumandiuez Doue (Cote d’Ivoire)
Most Promising Talent of the Year – Souleymane Coulibaly (Cote d’Ivoire)
Womens Footballer of the Year – Perpetua Ijeoma Nkwocha (Nigeria)
Legend Award – Austin Jay Jay Okocha (Nigeria)
Legend Award – Mustapha Hadji (Morocco)
Platinum Award – John Atta Mills (Ghana)
Africa Based Player of the Year – Oussama Darragi (Tunisia)
Africa’s finest XI: Samir Aboud (Libya), Harrison Afful (Ghana), Banana Yaya (Cameroon), Ayoub Eikhiqi (Morocco), Taye Taiwo (Nigeria), Seydou Keita (Mali), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana) Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Moussa Sow (Senegal) and Samuel Eto’o