Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has claimed the Confederation of African Football (Caf) African Player of the Year for a fourth time.
The Coat d’Ivoire international becomes the second player to clinch the annual accolade for a fourth time after Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’O, but sets a record for claiming it four times in quick successions.
Toure, 31, earned 175 votes ahead of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund’s forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (120) and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama (105), who plies his trade with French Ligue 1 club LOSC Lille. Coaches and captains of the national teams from the Caf region participated in the suffrage.
Toure’s 20 goals in 35 matches helped Man City clinch the English championship last season.
He was also instrumental in Ivory Coast’s qualification to this month’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), scoring twice in the final qualifying tournament.
Other award winners
African Player of the Year (Based in Africa)- Firmin Mubele Ndombe (DR Congo)
National Team of the Year- Algeria
Women’s National Team of the Year- Nigeria
Club of the Year- Entente Sportive Setif (Algeria)
Most Promising Talent of the Year- Yacine Brahimi (Algeria)
Youth Player of the Year- Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria)
Coach of the Year- Kheirredine Madoui (ES Setif)
Women’s Player of the Year- Asisat Oshoala
Referee of the Year- Papa Bakary Gassama
Legend Award- Oryx Club (Class of 1964) and Stade Malien