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Yaya Toure named African Footballer of Year

Manchester City's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north-east England on Nov 10, 2013. Toure on Jan 9, 2014, won a third
Manchester City's Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure during the English Premier League football match between Sunderland and Manchester City at Stadium of Light in Sunderland, north-east England on Nov 10, 2013. Toure on Jan 9, 2014, won a third straight African Footballer of the Year award. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
CAF President Issa Hayatou (right) shakes hands and tries to present the trophy to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure after winning the CAF African Footballer of the Year Award in Lagos on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
CAF President Issa Hayatou (right) shakes hands and tries to present the trophy to Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure after winning the CAF African Footballer of the Year Award in Lagos on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure speaks with a guest at the 2013 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Lagos on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure speaks with a guest at the 2013 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards in Lagos on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Nigerian Coach Stephen Keshi (right) who was declared African Coach of the Year speaks sitting beside Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, the winner of CAF African Footballer of the Year Award in Lagos, on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Nigerian Coach Stephen Keshi (right) who was declared African Coach of the Year speaks sitting beside Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, the winner of CAF African Footballer of the Year Award in Lagos, on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure (centre) holds his plaque after winning the African Footballer of the Year at the 2013 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards ceremony in Lagos on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure (centre) holds his plaque after winning the African Footballer of the Year at the 2013 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards ceremony in Lagos on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure speaks after being declared winner of CAF African Footballer of the Year Award in Lagos, on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure speaks after being declared winner of CAF African Footballer of the Year Award in Lagos, on Jan 9, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LAGOS (AFP) - Manchester City star Yaya Toure on Thursday won a third straight African Footballer of the year award.

The 31-year-old Ivory Coast international also won in 2011 and 2012.

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel was second and Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast finished third.