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20/12/2012 - 22:06 BST

Yaya Toure Beats Didier Drogba and Alex Song to Win 2012 African Player of the Year

Thursday, 20th December, 2012

Yaya Toure has been announced as the 2012 African Player of the Year during a ceremony in Accra, Ghana.

It is the Manchester City midfielder’s second successive African Player of the Year award, coming hot on the heels of his crowning as Africa’s best player last year.

The Ivorian has been honoured for his part in Manchester City’s Premier League title victory earlier this year, with the former Barcelona man’s performances for the Citizens vital in helping them to beat Manchester United to the English crown.

The African Player of the Year award is voted for by the continent’s head coaches and technical directors.

Toure’s fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba finished second, the striker’s highlight being winning the Champions League with Chelsea in May.

Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song, who now plays for Barcelona, finished in third place.

Reigning African champions Zambia won the National Team of the Year award, as expected, while the country’s coach Herve Renard picked up the Coach of the Year award for his part in steering the Copper Bullets to the 2012 African Cup of Nations title.

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