Yaya Toure is CAF African Player of the Year 2013

The Ivoirian has been named the best player from the continent for a third straight time after beating compatriot Didier Drogba and local favourite Obi Mikel at a ceremony in Lagos
By Lolade Adewuyi at the Eko Convention Centre

Manchester City's Yaya Toure has been named the African Player of the Year 2013 by the Confederation of African Football at an awards ceremony held in Lagos on Thursday evening. 

The Ivoirian won the title for a third straight time beating off competition from compatriot Didier Drogba and local favourite John Obi Mikel to the title. 

In a ceremony dominated by Nigeria who swept the Coach of the Year and Team of the Year awards, many had expected Chelsea's Mikel to win the top gong on the back of the Super Eagles' victory at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. 

However, it was the Ivoirian Toure who was called up to the podium again, walking in the footsteps of Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o who won it thrice between 2003 and 2005. 

Toure told media that he felt 'lucky' to win it considering the size of the competition. 

In the other awards given on the evening, Egyptian Mohamed Aboutreika won the award for best African player based on the continent. It was a good send off for the 35-year-old who announced his retirement from football at the end of last season. 

Aboutreika beat off competition from compatriot Ahmed Fathy and Nigerian midfielder Sunday Mba. 

It wasn't all gloom for Nigeria as their coach Stephen Keshi was named best coach and the Super Eagles won the award for Team of the Year.

Youngster Kelechi Iheanacho who led Nigeria to the Fifa U17 World Cup victory was named Promising Young Player while his team was named the Youth Team of the Year. 

Four Nigerians also made it into CAF Team of the Year.

The Full Awards
National Team of the Year


Youth National Team of the Year

Nigeria U17

Club of the Year

Al Ahly

Fair Play Award

Nigeria Supporters Club

Referee of the Year

Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)

Most Promising Talent

Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria U17)

Coach of the Year

Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)

African XI:

Enyeama; Fathy, Benatia, Constant, Mikel, Yaya, Aboutreika, Pitroipa, Emenike, Gyan, Aubameyang
Coach: Keshi

African Player of the Year (Africa-based)

Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt)

African Player of the Year

Yaya Toure (Cote D’Ivoire)

CAF Legend Award

Bruno Metsu

Jose Mehdi Faria