Yaya Toure Win BBC African Footballer Of The Year 2015

Yaya Toure Win BBC African Footballer Of The Year 2015

Finally as expected the Big Ivorian Yaya Toure has been voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015. Ayew Lost it to him.toure

The Ivory Coast midfielder who is 32-year-old becomes only the third player, after Nigerians Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, to receive the honour twice.

The outcome was as a result of the Football fans who voted for Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, who actually first won in 2013, ahead of Yacine Brahimi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Sadio Mane.

“I am very proud. To receive this dedication from the fans is unbelievable,” Toure told BBC Sport.

“Also I want to pay tribute to the other nominees. African football is growing up, becoming much better and we have fantastic young players coming through now.”

Toure described all five nominees as “champions”.

He added: “I am delighted and very happy. And as an African player, I want to lead all my younger brothers to be successful in the future.

“When I was a kid I was always dreaming of being an important player. I have sacrificed a lot.

“I will continue to try to win a trophy every year, I will fight to win a personal trophy.”
Previous winners

2014: Yacine Brahimi (Algeria)

2009: Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)

2004: Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria)

2013: Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast)

2008: Mohamed Aboutrika (Egypt)

2003: Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria)

2012: Chris Katongo (Zambia)

2007: Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo)

2002: El Hadji Diouf (Senegal)

2011: Andre Ayew (Ghana)

2006: Michael Essien (Ghana)

2001: Sammy Kuffour (Ghana)

2010: Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)

2005: Mohamed Barakat (Egypt)

2000: Patrick Mboma (Cameroon)

Well Two of the nominees beaten have actually won the award before, Algeria’s Brahimi in 2014 and Ghanaian Ayew in 2011. Gabon’s Aubameyang was on the shortlist for the third year running, while Senegalese Mane made it for the first time.

The Giant looking Yaya Toure has been nominated for the award seven times and his second win ensures his year ends with a trophy, just as it began when he led Ivory Coast to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations. This quote i got from bbc.com/sport

It will be recalled that Toure  captained the team in Equatorial Guinea and opened the scoring in the semi-final to put his side on course for a 3-1 victory over Democratic Republic of Congo. Before they actually went ahead to win it.

Toure was a key influence as his country ended a 23-year wait for their second Nations Cup title, overcoming Ghana in a penalty shootout in the final.

That African Nations success was actually Toure’s first trophy with the national team in his sixth Nations Cup.

Yaya Toure Win BBC African Footballer Of The Year 2015