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Toure wins African Footballer of the Year again

Published on Dec 21, 2012 11:26 AM
Ivorian soccer player Yaya Toure (left) stands next to compatriot Didier Drogba (right) after he was crowned African Footballer of the Year in Accra on Dec 20, 2012. .-- PHOTO: REUTERS

ACCRA (REUTERS) - Manchester City's Yaya Toure won the African Footballer of the Year award for a second successive time on Thursday, holding off a strong challenge from compatriot and Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba.

The 29-year-old midfielder topped the annual poll of African national team coaches and technical directors to add to the award he won in 2011.

Toure played a pivotal role for both club and country, helping Ivory Coast to the African Nations Cup final in February and then playing a big part in taking Manchester City to the Premier League title in a dramatic season finale.

"Toure's immense contribution in helping Manchester City win their first domestic championship in 44 years saw him pick up Africa's most prestigious individual award," said the citation from the Confederation of African Football, who did not release the tally of votes.

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