Ivory Coast and Manchester City star, Yaya Toure, has been named the 2011 African player of the year, following the vote by the head coaches of the national teams in Africa.
Last May the midfielder led Man City to their first FA cup final victory since 1969. He is the second Ivory Coast player to claim the award recently, as his compatriot, Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba, has won it twice in the last few years years.
He said he was thrilled with the award, and now aims to continue the momentum by taking his national side to victory in next year’s Africa Cup:
“Today I am specially very happy for getting this trophy, it’s unbelievable, amazing and I think it is a first step of my big career, because in a few months we will come, we will look for the crown of the African Cup of Nations. It is very important for my country, it is very important for me.”
Toure played a key role securing the Ivory Coast’s 100 per cent winning record in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. The tournament will take place from January 21st to February 12th in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.