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Yaya Toure, the best in Africa

By Nick Webster



Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (R) vies with Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on December 9, 2012
Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (R) vies with Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at The Etihad stadium in Manchester, north-west England on December 9, 2012

For the second time, Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure has been named the African Player of the Year. Toure beat fellow Ivory Coast star and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba into second place with former Arsenal midfielder and current Barcelona star, Alex Song in third.

He won the 2012 poll in a vote of head coaches or technical directors of countries affiliated to CAF, the Confederation of African Football.

Former Barca striker Samuel Eto'o holds the most titles, having won four times.

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

Toure, who won the award last year, is part of the Ivory Coast team heading to the Africa Cup of Nations that starts in South Africa next month.