Yaya Touré edges out Mikel and Drogba to win his third African Footballer of the year award

Onyeka Ibeanusi  | Friday, 10 January 2014 | 839 Total Views


Ivory Coast midfielder,Yaya Touré, has landed his third successive African footballer of the year award. The Manchester City player edged out Nigeria's Mikel John Obi and fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba to make it a hat-trick of wins, emulating Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto'o.

"I'm very proud and happy to be the winner today," Touré, 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. The award ceremony was held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos Nigeria.