Africa: Toure Wins His Second African Player of the Year Award

African Update – 24/12/12

Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure made it two titles in a row by winning the 2012 African Player of the Year at a glamorous Glo-CAF Awards Gala in Accra on Thursday at the Banquet Hall, State House in Accra. The votes from the Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF determined the winner.

Toure was crowned the best African player at a colourful ceremony attended by the crème de la crème of African football officials, current and former players and administrators. Ghana's Minister of Youth and Sports, Clement Kofi Humado and Minister of Communication, Haruna Iddrisu graced the event as did CAF President Issa Hayatou and members of the CAF Executive Committee.

Top international musicians who performed included Salif Keita, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Nigerian afrobeat musician Lagbaja and Ghanaian songstress, Irene Logan.

The back to back titles put the 29-year-old into the company of Senegal's El- Hadji Diouf and Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o who achieved similar feats. The Manchester City player beat his compatriot Didier Drogba who finished second with Cameroon's Alex Song coming third...

.... You can read the full story by following this link http://allafrica.com/stories/201212210132.html

This is the fourth time the award was being staged in Ghana after 2006, 2009 and 2011.

Below is the full list of award winners:

Africa Player of the Year - Yaya Toure

Africa Based Player of the Year - Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)

Fair Play award - Gabon National team supporters

Coach of the Year - Herve Renard

National team of the Year - Zambia

Women's National Team of the Year - Equatorial Guinea

Club of the Year - Al Ahly (Egypt)

Referee of the Year - Haimoudi Djamel (Algeria)

Most Promising Talent of the Year - Mohamed Salah (Egypt)

Women's Footballer of the Year - Genoveva Anoman (Equatorial Guinea)

Legend Award - Mahmoud El-Gohary (Egypt)

Legend Award - Rigobert Song (Cameroon)

Platinum Award - John Mahama (President of Ghana)

Africa's Best XI:

Goalkeeper: Lutunu Dule ( Congo)

Defenders: Ahmed El- Basha (Sudan), Walid Hicheri (Tunisia), Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia), Ahmed Fathi (Egypt)

Midfielders: Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt), Yaya Toure (Cote d'Ivoire), Alex Song (Cameroon), Younes Belhanda (Morocco)

Forwards: Didier Drogba,(Cote d'Ivoire), Christopher Katongo (Zambia)

Coach: Herve Renard (France)

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