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Toure wins BBC African award 2015

Yaya Toure has been voted the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder becomes only the third player, after Nigerians Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, to get the honour twice.

Football fans voted for Manchester City’s Toure, who first won in 2013, ahead of Yacine Brahimi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Sadio Mane.

“I am really proud. To receive this dedication from the fans is unbelievable,” Toure told BBC Sport.

“Also I want to spend tribute to the other nominees. African football is increasing up, becoming significantly much better and we have great young players coming by way of now.”

Toure described all 5 nominees as “champions”.

He added: “I am delighted and quite satisfied. And as an African player, I want to lead all my younger brothers to be profitable in the future.

“When I was a kid I was usually dreaming of becoming an important player. I have sacrificed a lot.

“I will continue to attempt to win a trophy every single year, I will fight to win a personal trophy.”

Two of the beaten nominees have won the award prior to, Algeria’s Brahimi in 2014 and Ghanaian Ayew in 2011. Gabon’s Aubameyang was on the shortlist for the third year operating, while Senegalese Mane produced it for the initial time.

Toure has been nominated for the award seven instances and his second win guarantees his year ends with a trophy, just as it started when he led Ivory Coast to glory at the Africa Cup of Nations.

He captained the team in Equatorial Guinea and opened the scoring in the semi-final to put his side on course for a 3-1 victory more than Democratic Republic of Congo.

Toure was a important influence as his nation finish a 23-year wait for their second Nations Cup title, overcoming Ghana in a penalty shootout in the final.

It was Toure’s 1st trophy with the national group in his sixth Nations Cup tournament, and possessing lost in two finals – in 2006 and 2012.

There was less achievement for Toure with Manchester City, who failed to defend their English Premier League 2014 title and completed second to Chelsea.

But Toure remains a effective presence in the heart of the midfield and contributed seven ambitions for City in the calendar year.

Vera Kwakofi, Existing Affairs Editor, BBC Africa, mentioned: “Yaya Toure’s leadership for nation and club provides an example for several young footballers aspiring to emulate his profession.

“We are pleased that as the BBC we are right here to celebrate and share in this moment with his fans around the planet.”