After helping Manchester City to end its 35-year wait for a major trophy, Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure was on Thursday named the 2011 African Footballer of the Year.
Toure beat Malian Seydou Keita and Andre Ayew of Ghana to emerge the best player on the continent at the Awards Gala held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Accra in Ghana.
“I am very happy to win the award. I feel proud of this special day. I thank my family; wife and kids for their support. I am also grateful to my brother (Kolo Toure), my teammates (Club and national team) and the Ivorian Football Federation for their role in this feat,” an elated Toure said on the website of the Confederation of African Football, organizers of the award.
The City’s midfielder, the second Ivorian to win the award after Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, has established himself as a key player in the team after he left Barcelona to join the Premiership club in 2010, reports the Daily Mail.
Toure had scored the winner in City's FA Cup semi-final victory over rivals Manchester United and in the final against Stoke to win their first FA cup (and any other major trophy for that matter) in 35 years.
The Roberto Mancini tutored side is on top of the Barclays Premier League, courtesy of Toure’s impressive performances according to the Daily Mail.