“I think I’ve been nominated for five years in a row and finally winning the award is amazing. It’s a fantastic achievement because I don’t think there has ever been as many quality African players in top-level international football as there are now: Aubameyang, Pitroipa, Mikel, Moses, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho… we have fantastic players. I also think African football is improving and that means a lot to us. And as an African, I’m very happy.” – Yaya Toure.
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has been awarded the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2013 following an excellent season for the Premier League title chasers.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Toure, despite being nominated five times previously, in years when he has bagged silverware, has now won this award before.
As ever, City TV make mention of Yaya’s brother Kolo and that famous song, so beloved of students, in the clip above.