Toure a finalist for soccer player of year honour

By Admin Wednesday November 26 2014 in Sports
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Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure is among five contenders for this year’s British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) African Soccer Player of the Year Award.


A member of Manchester City since 2010, the 31-year-old won the award last year.


He made his third World Cup appearance in Brazil last summer and captained the team in their opening match against Japan.


Other finalists are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Enyeama and Gervinho.


Gervinho plays for the Ivory Coast and 25-year-old Aubameyang is a member of Gabon’s national team.


Brahimi, a member of the Algerian team who plays for Porto, scored his first international goal at the Brazil World Cup, while goalie Enyeama has made 95 appearances for Nigeria since 2002.


Fans will vote online for the winners, who will be announced on December 1.


Meantime, the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) has said only four countries meet the criteria to be considered to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations competition.


Of seven nations to originally bid to replace Libya as hosts, Algeria, Ghana, Egypt and Gabon remain in the running.


The CAF has determined that Kenya, Zimbabwe and Sudan were not “compliant with the set criteria to be considered”.


Libya said it’s unable to host the tournament because of security concerns.



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