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Africa's accolade for Yaya

  • 23 December 2011 08:28
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

Did you see who won the award? No, not that one on the telly with the bloke on the bike, the African Footballer of the Year award ...

You know where we're going with this. It could only be Yaya Toure after the year he's had, and it's just a shame there doesn't seem to be much space around today to salute him.

There are similar - very similar - reports from most, such as the Guardian and the Mail, and in their defence it was a rather busy Thursday night (wait 'til Europa League resumes, lads).

ESPN too are almost word for word. Here's their take (and everyone else's): "Manchester City's Yaya Toure has been announced as the 2011 African Footballer of the Year.

"Toure, an Ivory Coast international, has established himself as a key player in the City team since arriving from Barcelona in 2010.

"The midfielder 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 trophy drought. His performances 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 of Chelsea striker Didier Drogba.


The award was voted for by the head coaches of the national teams in Africa

It's left to the, erm, Orlando Sentinel to make an attempt at enhancing the story with a fact box. Did you know "Toure has played for five clubs in five different countries since leaving Beveren (of Belgium)?" You do now.

Meanwhile, the Independent's Ian Herbert has fashioned one of his very readable features. He lives out in the wilds and there's not much else to do, truth be told.

When we tell you the wordy but intriguing headline runs "Mancini's unorthodox and ruthless methods driving City stars to new heights", we're guessing you'll want to read it.

Herbs closes with a cracker of a line: "On the Italian television show 'Le lene', where guests are asked to describe themselves with one adjective, Mancini chose 'genius'.

"His players will tell you that reply was not tongue in cheek and the Premier League table suggests his answer may have been right."

In more mundane news, the Mail reckons Arsene Wenger will "step up his interest" in Wayne Bridge with Kieran Gibbs expected to be out for another month at Arsenal. So it goes. 

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