Tunisia and Esperance midfielder Oussama Darragi
Tunisia and Esperance midfielder Oussama Darragi stressed his keenness to be crowned African Player of the Year after winning in the Best Africa-Based Player category for 2011.
“I’m elated to be considered [Africa-based] Player of the Year. It was a hectic season and I gave my best in every competition," Darragi was quoted as saying at a post-awards press conference.
The 24-year-old Esperance captain won the award over teammate Yaya Banana of Cameroon and neighbour Club Africain's Zouhir Dhaoudhi.
Darragi went on to assert that he would do his best to win the continent’s most prestigious award, which no Tunisian player has ever won.
“I won a lot of trophies with my club. The contributions of my colleagues were pivotal to me achieving this feat,” he added.
Darragi successfully led Esperance to the Tunisian League title and the Tunisian Cup, along with a CAF Champions League triumph.
He also helped the Tunisian national team at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Sudan earlier this year.