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Yaya Toure voted 2015 BBC African POTY

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Côte d’Ivoire midfielder Yaya Toure has been named 2015 BBC African Footballer of the Year for the second time on Friday.

Yaya Toure, who won the award in 2013, became only the third player to win the award twice, after Nigeria forwards Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha.

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

“Also I want to pay tribute to the other nominees. African football is growing up, becoming much better and we have fantastic young players coming through now.

​The former Barcelona player was up against Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ghana striker Andre Ayew, Algeria’s Yacine Brahimi and the Senegalese winger Sadio Mané.

“We are all champions. We all want to win. For me to be the winner I am delighted and very happy. And as an African player, I want to lead all my younger brothers to be successful in the future,” the Ivorian midfielder added.

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

The 32-year-old enjoyed a successful year, helping his country winning the African Cup of Nations and finishing second in the English Premier League with Manchester City.

The​ 2015 African Cup of Nations was Toure’s first trophy with Côte d’Ivoire, having lost in two finals against Egypt in 2006 and against Zambia in 2012.

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