Toure wins African Footballer of Year for third time

(Reuters) – Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure landed his third successive African Footballer of the Year award yesterday to cap a memorable week.

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure

The Manchester City player edged out Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel and fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba to make it a hat-trick of wins, emulating Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto’o.

Just 24 hours after storming halfway down the pitch to score a goal in City’s 6-0 demolition of West Ham United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final, a teary-eyed Toure was the toast of African football as he picked up the award at a gala ceremony in Lagos.

“I’m very proud and happy to be the winner today,” Toure, dressed in traditional Nigerian robes, told the audience.

“I congratulate my brother Obi Mikel who deserved it as well. It’s an unbelievable award for all those who helped me through my career a lot and those who supported me for a long time.”

The Ivorian came top of a poll voted by Africa’s national team coaches, who had Mikel second and Drogba third.

Toure’s success came at the end of a bleak 12-month period for individual achievement by African footballers. Toure’s official citation praised him for his role in helping the Ivorians to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil but the choice is more likely for his consistency at club level in England and the dominant role he plays at Manchester City.

Chelsea’s Mikel was on the shortlist after helping Nigeria to the African Nations Cup title in February.

Toure joins an elite club following his hat-trick of wins. Ghanaian Abedi Pele won three in a row between 1991-93 while Cameroonian Eto’o took the award from 2003-05.

Eto’o, who plays up front for Chelsea, also won it in 2010.

Comments  

Warriors stay alive with four-wicket win over Tridents 

Guyana Amazon Warriors completed a last over four- wicket victory over the Barbados Tridents to keep their chances of qualifying for the playoffs alive in this edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on the back of opener, Chadwick Walton at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, last evening.

By ,

Brathwaite reported for suspect action

LONDON, CMC – West Indies part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been reported to the International Cricket Council for having a suspect bowling action, following the Caribbean side’s humbling innings and 209-run defeat at Edgbaston here Saturday.

We can’t let our heads drop, Holder urges Windies

BIRMINGHAM, England,  CMC – Under-fire West Indies captain Jason Holder has urged his players not to lose confidence despite their embarrassing innings defeat inside three days in the day/night opening Test at Edgbaston.

Muguruza thumps Halep in straight sets in Cincinnati final

(Reuters) – Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza played flawlessly to crush Simona Halep 6-1 6-0 in a one-sided women’s final at the Cincinnati Open yesterday.

Future Stars clinch ‘Ballers in the Summer’ title

Future Stars continued their meteoric rise on the ‘street football circuit’, defeating Back Circle 1-0 to clinch the 3rd Annual Xtra Beer ‘Ballers in the Summer’ Street Football Championship on Saturday.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×