Yaya Toure Named 2012 African Footballer of the Year

Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure has been named the 2012 African Footballer of the Year, winning the accolade for a second consecutive year.

Toure, who joined champions City from Spanish giants Barcelona in 2010, was the only Premier League-based player in contention for CAF’s top award.

However, there were two other high-profile candidates with legacies of their own in England’s top flight - Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, who joined Barcelona from Arsenal in the summer and legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba were also nominated.

“I have a lot of emotion. I think this night is so special for me. I thought this year was tough. I knew it was going to be a huge fight to be at the top.

 To be a winner twice is just wonderful and l am honoured to get this award again. This win is for the people of Cote d’ Ivoire and for the Ivoirian national team and l hope it will galvanise us to do well at AFCON 2013 next month,” the 29 year old Toure told CAF’s official Web site.