|[Published: Tuesday December 03 2013]
Toure named frican Footballer of the Year
London, 3 Dec - (ANA) - Yaya Toure has won the 2013 BBC African Footballer of the Year award. The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, who had been nominated in each of the past four years, beat Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi and Jonathan Pitroipa to this year's crown. The 30-year-old told BBC Sport: "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."
The shortlist for the award was drawn up by 44 football experts across Africa, who based their choices on players' skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency and fair play. A record number of fans then voted for their favourite either online or by text message.(ANA)
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