Belfast Telegraph

Yaya Toure voted BBC African Footballer of the Year

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been voted BBC African Footballer of the Year, the corporation has announced.

It is the second time the 32-year-old, who helped Ivory Coast to African Nations Cup success in February, has landed the award.

He pre viously won in 2013 and has now been shortlisted for the accolade a record seven times. His latest success came as he beat off competition from Andre Ayew (Ghana and Swansea), Sadio Mane (Senegal and Southampton), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Borussia Dortmund) and Yacine Brahimi (Algeria and Porto).

Toure said: "I am very proud to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year and would like to thank everyone that voted. I work hard every day to be the best I can be, so to be nominated seven consecutive times and win this award for a second time means a lot to me.

"I would also like to pay tribute to my fellow nominees and this fantastic initiative, which celebrates African footballers - shining a light on our wonderful continent. We have so much talent in Africa, so I am determined to continue to achieve on the pitch and use my success to help lead the way for the next generation."


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