Yaya Toure deserved 2012 African Footballer of the Year award, Says Drogba

By IndepthAfrica
In Cote d'Ivoire
Dec 22nd, 2012
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TO GO WITH Fbl-Asia-CHN-Drogba,FOCUS by Cameron WilsonThis photo taken on August 4, 2012 shows Didier Drogba gesturing as he plays for Shanghai Shenhua FC in their game against Hangzhou Greentown in Shanghai Hongkou Stadium.  A month after arriving in China, Drogba is living up to the expectations of fans and players who have given him the new nickname "Devil Beast" for his strength.    AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS        (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/GettyImages)

TO GO WITH Fbl-Asia-CHN-Drogba,FOCUS by Cameron Wilson
This photo taken on August 4, 2012 shows Didier Drogba gesturing as he plays for Shanghai Shenhua FC in their game against Hangzhou Greentown in Shanghai Hongkou Stadium.

Accra – Highly tipped by pundits to clinch the 2012 African Footballer of the Year award, Ivory Coast international Didier Drogba was held off by his compatriot Yaya Toure on Thursday December 20 in Accra, Ghana, where the awards gala took place.

Speaking to reporters, the former Chelsea talisman congratulated the Manchester City midfield powerhouse, calling him a great player, but not without evincing a tinge of disappointment.

“I’m a bit disappointed but have to acknowledge the fact that Yaya deserves his crown,” Drogba said.

“You can’t be too disappointed if you are defeated by a player like Yaya. He has been very regular at Etihad Stadium and not this year alone. It has been two years now he’s doing great things with his club.

“He deserves the award and I can confess that,” added the Shanghai Shenhua striker, who has won the accolade twice in 2006 and 2009.

A poll conducted on Friday by Ivory Coast’s most popular website Abidjan.net showed more than 70% of participants saying Drogba merited the award over Yaya Toure.

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