Ivorian Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure rose above stiff competition from fellow countryman Didier Drogba and Cameroun's Alexander Song to win the coveted 2012 Glo CAF African Footballer of the year award.
Yaya Toure, who played a key role in Manchester City's first English Premier League title in fifty years, retained the award he won last year at a colourful ceremony held at the Banquet Hall of the State House Thursday evening.
He won the 2012 poll in a vote of head coaches and technical directors of countries affiliated to the Confederation of African Football.
Egyptian veteran Mohamed Abouterika also won the 2012 African Player of the Year, an award given to the most exceptional footballer playing on the continent.
Renard Herve, coach of the Chipolopolos of Zambia, was also rewarded for his exploits at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. He took home the Africa Coach of the Year award in spite of contending for it with Hosam El Badry (Al Ahly), Joseph Morius OMOG (AC Léopards, Cameroon).
The Black Maidens of Ghana, who managed to grab Africa's only medal at a Fifa World Cup (Fifa U-17 Azerbaijan, 2012) were pipped to the Africa Women National Team of the Year award by the national team of Equatorial Guinea.
Other winners on the night were:
-Most Promising Player 2012: Mohamed Salah (Egypt), beating Victor Wanyama of Kenya and Moussa Konate of Senegal.
- Coach of the Year 2012 is Herve Renard (Zambia). He beat Joseph Omog (AC Leopards, Cameroon) and Hossam Al Badri (Al Ahly).
- Club of the Year award went to Al Ahly.
- National Team of the Year for 2012 (Women): Equatorial Guinea.
- National Team of the Year for 2012 (men): Zambia
- Legends' Awards went to Rigobert Song and the legendary Egyptian coach Mahmoud El Gohari, who died in September.
- Referee of the Year 2012: Algeria's Djamal Alhaimoudi. - Female African Footballer of the Year: Genoveva Anoman (Eq Guinea), beating Portia Modise (South Africa) & Chinwendu Ihezuo (Nigeria). More soon.