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Manchester City, Ivory Coast international midfielder Yaya Toure named African Player of the Year – again

Jan 9, 2014, 6:11 PM EST

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Manchester City and Ivory Coast do-all midfielder Yaya Toure has been named African Player of the Year for the third consecutive time.

There can be little surprise considering dominant, rangy midfielder’s fabulous contributions in 2013 to club and country. Not only was Toure claimed the last two African player of the year honors, he was the only African named to the 23-man list of finalists for FIFA World Player of the Year.

No one has dominated the award since Samuel Eto’o claimed three in a row, the last of those in 2005.

Ivory Coast teammate Didier Drogba and Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (from Nigeria) were this year’s other finalists, although neither had a list of accomplishments and peer accolades to match anything close to Toure’s.

Toure led his country’s successful World Cup qualification bid. But it was the head-spinning, powerhouse performances for Manchester City that probably helped secure the honor as much as anything. Toure’s two-way work – as smart and skillful as it is industrious – is right up there with Sergio Aguero’s goals as the primary reason City is just a point off the Premier League lead.

In fact, the award comes just 24 hours after Toure (who has even added an element of stunning free kicks to his considerable CV lately) rampaged forward to score in City’s 6-0 spanking of fellow PL club West Ham United in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final series.  He has 13 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for Manchester City this season.

Toure collected the award Thursday in Lagos, Nigeria.

  1. franco7788 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    No disrespect Steve but your write-up above was rubbish.
    You write-”Mark this down under “No surprise at all:” and “There can be little surprise considering dominant,…”
    First of all, you all at PST, PBT and the entire NBC sports web family need a copy editor badly.
    Secondly, If one pays or paid a bit more attention to African Soccer, it would have been obvious that this was a surprise considering the decent but not great 2013 that Yaya had for club and for country. His performance for City faltered in the 2nd half of the premiership season last spring and his performance for his country was decent (got him on the AFCON tournament team) BUT both combined were not as impressive as the season Mikel had for club and for country.
    (I should also add that CAF are worthless and have no idea how they want people to vote for the award. Either to weigh individual performances greater than trophies won for club and country or not)
    Mikel, playing completely different roles for club and country I might add, won the Europa League with Chelsea while playing basically as a defensive midfielder. He then turns around and puts in a fantastic performance for Nigeria in the AFCON. Helping to lead them to victory in the tournament while playing a completely different role(as a deep lying playmaker). A number of fans figured it would be a toss-up between Mikel and Yaya. The voting results showed it wasn’t, as one would imagine that coaches of certain teams like Sierra-Leone, would do what you just did and factor Yaya’s performance in the latter part of 2013/the first half of the premiership season and forget about his performance in the spring.
    Either way, the voting results were a surprise to a number of African fans, pundits and journo’s.

    To finish- you wrote- “Ivory Coast teammate Didier Drogba and Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (from Nigeria) were this year’s other finalists, although neither had a list of accomplishments and peer accolades to match anything close to Toure’s.”.
    1. It was an insult for Drogba to be nominated for the award for his 2013. Absolute insult and shows the worthlessness of CAF. Drogba, legend he already is on the continent, did not have a 2013 for club and country that merited nomination.
    2. To say Mikel did not have a list of accomplishments and peer accolades to match anything close to Toure’s is insulting and lazy journalism on your part. I’ve just noted above how Mikel accomplished more in 2013 than Yaya did and peer accolades I would imagine were on par with Yaya(especially amongst other African players).

    Regardless, Yaya won the award but to make it sound like there was no other reasonable option and viable competition for the award is silly and lazy.

    All the best.

  2. footballer4ever - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    The award is called “African Footballer of the year”. I like how things called abroad are “translated” incorrectly in the American Media.

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