Why I’m Africa’s best – Yaya Toure

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In England
Jan 10th, 2014
Yaya Toure holds his BBC African Footballer of the Year award

Yaya Toure holds his BBC African Footballer of the Year award

Yaya Toure, the newly crowned African player of the Year has revealed the consistent excellent performance of his country national team as the bedrock for his success.

The Manchester City midfielder described that while speaking to Ghanaian radio station Citi FM after the ceremony that saw him crowned the king of Africa football for the third time.

“I think the award was given based on one’s work with his national team and we, the contenders were judged based on that.”

“A good national team showing is crucial for us. Of course, great club form is also important because it is never easy combing both things. Playing week in, week out at that level for Manchester City is very difficult.”

“It has been one year since I won the last Player of the Year award so it is really challenging.”

Toure was quick to share in the disappointment of Mikel in losing out after it was clear that Nigerians were all inching for the Chelsea midfielder to take the top award of the ceremony.

“To be very honest with you, being touted as the favourite and not winning is really painful. I really feel for Mikel because he also deserved to win it. That said, I will just will just keep working hard and improving myself.”