Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure made it two titles in a row by winning the 2012 African Player of the Year
Posted: 21 December 2012 Time: 6:30 am
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure made it two titles in a row by winning the 2012 African Player of the Year at a glamorous Glo-CAF Awards Gala in Accra on Thursday at the Banquet Hall, State House in Accra.
The winner was chosen by the head coaches or technical directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF.
The back-to-back titles put the 29-year-old into the company of Senegal’s El- Hadji Diouf and Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o who achieved similar feats. The Manchester City player beat his compatriot Didier Drogba who finished second with Cameroon’s Alex Song coming third.
Egyptian and Al Ahly midfielder Mohamed Aboutreika was crowned African player of the Year Based in Africa. The 34-year old bagged his second title after winning the same award in 2008.
Reigning African champions Zambia won the National Team of the Year award after their heroics of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea earlier this year and it was no surprise either that their charismatic coach, Herve Renard walked away with the Coach of the Year award for steering Chipolopolo to their maiden Africa Cup of Nations title.
Below is the full list of award winners:
Africa Player of the Year – Yaya Toure
Africa Based Player of the Year – Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)
Fair Play award - Gabon national team supporters
Coach of the Year – Herve Renard
National team of the Year – Zambia
Women's National Team of the Year – Equatorial Guinea
Club of the Year – Al Ahly (Egypt)
Referee of the Year – Haimoudi Djamel (Algeria)
Most Promising Talent of the Year – Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
Women's Footballer of the Year – Genoveva Anoman (Equatorial Guinea)
Legend Award – Mahmoud El-Gohary (Egypt)
Legend Award – Rigobert Song (Cameroon)
Platinum Award - John Mahama (President of Ghana)
Africa’s Best XI:
Goalkeeper: Lutunu Dule ( Congo)
Defenders: Ahmed El- Basha (Sudan), Walid Hicheri (Tunisia), Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia), Ahmed Fathi (Egypt)
Midfielders: Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt), Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire), Alex Song (Cameroon), Younes Belhanda (Morocco)
Forwards: Didier Drogba,(Cote d’Ivoire), Christopher Katongo (Zambia)
Coach: Herve Renard.