African honour for Yaya

The Ivory Coast international has established himself as a key

player in the City team since arriving at the club from Barcelona

in 2010. Toure scored the winner in City’s FA Cup semi-final

victory over Manchester United and in the final against Stoke,

ending the club’s 35-year wait for a major trophy. His displays

this season have also helped Roberto Mancini’s side to the top of

the Premier League. A statement on the Confederation of African

Football’s official website read: “The 28-year old pipped Ghanaian

midfielder Andre Ayew and Malian Seydou Keita to scoop the top-most

honour at the Awards Gala on Thursday at the Banquet Hall, State

House in Accra.” Toure is only the second Ivorian to win the award

since its inception in 1992, following in the footsteps on Chelsea

striker Didier Drogba The award was voted for by the head coaches

of the national teams in Africa.