22 Dec '11, 11pm

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure named African Footballer of the Year

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure named African Footballer of the Year

Ivory Coast's Yaya Toure smiles during an interview following the launch of Puma's kits for nine African national soccer teams at the Design Museum in London Nov 7, 2011. -- PHOTO: REUTERS ACCRA (REUTERS) - Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was named African Footballer of the Year on Thursday. The 28-year-old finished ahead of Mali's Seydou Keita and Ghanaian Andre 'Dede' Ayew in polling by national coaches of the 53-member associations of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). The full tally of votes was not immediately released by CAF, African soccer's governing body. Toure thanked his family, including brother and City team mate Kolo, in a brief acceptance speech at the CAF awards in Ghana. 'This award is not important for me alone. It's for my country and for my club,' he said. 'This is a big step in my career, I'm very thrilled. To be the win...

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