Yaya Toure is African Footballer of the Year the 4th Time
Yaya Toure was on Thursday named the Glo/CAF African Footballer of the Year beating Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the process. The Ivory Coast and Manchester City player became the first African to win the award in four straight years. Yaya won the title for a fourth straight time after polling 175 votes against 120 by Aubameyang while Enyeama settled for third-place with 105 points.
Nigerians who were full of expectations were compensated with the Woman Player of the Year and Youth Player of the Year award which went expectedly to Asisat Oshoala. She was the Highest Goal Scorer and Most Valuable Player at the 2014 FIFA U20 championship held in Canada. The Rivers Angels player was also the MVP of the African Women Championship in Namibia last yearM, Super Falcons won the Team of the Year (Women). The CAF Platinum Award went to Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan and Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.
When asked to comment the Nigerian goal keeper Vincent Enyeama said his inability to win the coveted crown was not a question of the Super Eagles’ failure to reach the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations while supporting the decision of the Confederation of African Football to name the Manchester City star as Africa’s best.“It doesn’t count. It pains me that Nigeria will not be at the Africa Cup of Nations and for the award, I support the decision of tonight, a big congratulations to him [Yaya] and I thank God for him,” said Enyeama.
Enyeama becomes the first goalkeeper to make the top three shortlist of the award since its induction by CAF in 1992. Kanu Nwankwo last won the award for Nigeria in 1999 dusting off challenge from Samuel Kuffour and Ibrahima Bakayoko.