Ivory Coast's Toure happy for CAF award, praises Nigeria's Mikel

Mahmoud Elassal, Friday 10 Jan 2014

The Ivory Coast and Manchester City star believes John Obi Mikel, the runner-up, also deserved to win African Footballer of the Year 2013

Yaya Toure
Yaya Toure, Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder, speaks moments he was declared African soccer player of the year, for a third straight time, at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. He beat out fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba, the Galatasaray striker and two-time recipient, and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel of Nigeria. "To be the winner today is unbelievable," the 30-year-old Toure said. "I am very happy and very, very proud." (Photo: AP)

After he has been named as African Player of the Year 2013 on Thursday, Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has praised Nigeria's John Obi Mikel believing he also deserve the title.

"This is unbelievable. I am happy to be the winner," Toure said after the announcement.

The 30-year old midfielder beat his country fellow Didier Drogba who placed third in the CAF awards and Nigeria's John Obi Mikel who finished as runner-up.

"I congratulate Mikel who deserves it too," he added.

"To be the winner was unbelievable. I thank all who supported me. I am very, very proud." The Ivory Coast star concluded.

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