Monday, December 2, 2013

Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure named 2013 BBC African player of the year

Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was named BBC's African Footballer of the Year for 2013 on Monday. Toure who had been nominated for a fifth consecutive year, won the award for the first time ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitroipa.
Speaking to BBC Sports Yaya revealed: "I think I've been nominated for five years in a row and finally winning the award is amazing.

Giving a very modest acceptance speech the 30-yearold player said in a BBC statement: "Thank you to all the fans around the world who continue to support me and who love me a lot,"  "I'm very proud, I'm very happy, this award is amazing."
The other nominees in this year’s award did pretty well all through the year as well, speaking Yaya said: "It's a fantastic achievement because I don't think there has ever been as many quality African players in top-level international football as there are now: Aubameyang, Pitroipa, Mikel, Moses, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho... we have fantastic players.”

The shortlist for the award was drawn up by 44 football experts across Africa, who based their choices on players' skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency and fair play.
A record number of fans then voted for their favourite either online or by text message.
And those fans have considered Toure to be the standout African player over the past year, in recognition of the Ivorian's displays of power, pace, creativity and goals.