Ivory Coast Yaya Toure named the 2012 African Player of the Year

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In Eritrea
Dec 20th, 2012
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Africa's finest: Yaya Toure with his award after being named 2011 African Footballer of the Year in Accra

Africa’s finest: Yaya Toure with his award after being named 2011 African Footballer of the Year in Accra

Yaya Toure has been named the 2012 African Player of the Year, picking up the award for the second year in a row.

Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Toure, 29, beat off prestigious competition from the likes of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Barcelona’s Alex Song who ended second and third.

The award means that Toure joins Senegalese forward El-Hadji Diouf on two victories, but he has some way to go to eclipse the achievement of Samuel Eto’o who has picked up the prize on four separate occasions.

The Ivory Coast player was crowned at an awards gala in Accra, the capital of Ghana, after being voted for by the head coaches or technical directors of the national associations affiliated to the CAF.

African Nations Cup winners Zambia were named team of the year with their coach Herve Renard named coach of the year.

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