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Toure wins African Footballer of Year for third time

(Reuters) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure landed his third successive African Footballer of the Year award on Thursday to cap a memorable week. The Manchester City player edged out Nigeria's John Obi Mikel and fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba to make it a hat-trick of wins, emulating Abedi Pele and Samuel Eto'o.

Profile: Trio of awards sees Toure step out of shadows

By Mark Gleeson (Reuters) - A hat-trick of success at the African Footballer of the Year award has seen Yaya Toure step out of the shadow of some of his more charismatic compatriots to claim a place for himself among the continent's greats. Toure won the award for a third successive year on Thursday, piping John Obi Mikel of Nigeria and his national team captain Didier Drogba to the continent's top individual award.

Factbox: African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure

(Reuters) - Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure was on Thursday named African Footballer of the Year for the third time running. Born: May 13, 1983 in Bouake, Ivory Coast EARLY CAREER - Toure is a product of the fabled ASEC Abidjan academy, which has produced more than 20 players who have gone onto to play for clubs in Europe. - He followed in the footsteps of elder brother Kolo Toure.

Football: Newcomers Nigeria favoured for CHAN title

Debutants Nigeria appear the strongest of the 16 contenders for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) which kicks off in Cape Town this weekend. Although ranked only third in Group A because they failed to qualify for two previous editions of a competition for home-based footballers, they should advance with hosts South Africa. Nigeria are seeking a second African national team title in South Africa within 13 months having won the more prestigious Cup of Nations last February.

Football: Newcomers Nigeria favoured for CHAN title

Debutants Nigeria appear the strongest of the 16 contenders for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) which kicks off in Cape Town this weekend. Although ranked only third in Group A because they failed to qualify for two previous editions of a competition for home-based footballers, they should advance with hosts South Africa. Nigeria are seeking a second African national team title in South Africa within 13 months having won the more prestigious Cup of Nations last February.

Football: Mikel deserves CAF award - Nigeria's Keshi

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said on Monday that Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel deserved to be named Africa's best player of 2013. Mikel is in the running for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) award with Ivorian stars Yaya Toure, of Manchester City, and Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Nigeria's financial capital, Lagos, on Thursday.

Toure shortlisted for African Footballer of the Year title

By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Yaya Toure remained on course to be named African Footballer of the Year for a record-equaling third successive time after being named on Wednesday as one of the three finalists for the award to be handed out later this month. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) cut the list of candidates for the 2013 award down from 10, with Toure up against his Ivory Coast teammate Didier Drogba and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel.

Football: Mikel, Drogba, Toure on final shortlist for African award

Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure remains on course for a third straight CAF African Player of the Year Award after he made the final three-man shortlist on Tuesday. "The Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba make the final three for a second successive year and will be joined by John Obi Mikel of Nigeria," the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on their website. The 30-year-old Toure won the award in 2011 and 2012.

Football: Chamakh and Toure score in England, double for Diouf in Germany

In-form Marouane Chamakh scored his third goal in three games for Crystal Palace before they lost 2-1 to Chelsea, while Yaya Toure was inspirational in Manchester City's 6-3 demolition of league leaders Arsenal. Salomon Kalou and Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro were both on the scorecard in France, while in Germany Mame Diouf scored two goals in the last five minutes to rescue a 3-3 draw for Hanover at home to Nuremburg. ENGLAND YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)

Football: English Premier League results -- 1st update

English Premier League results on Saturday: Cardiff 1 (Whittingham 65) West Brom 0 Chelsea 2 (Torres 16, Ramires 35) Crystal Palace 1 (Chamakh 29) Everton 4 (Osman 18, Coleman 73, Barry 85, Mirallas 90) Fulham 1 (Berbatov 67-pen) Manchester City 6 (Aguero 14, Negredo 39, Fernandinho 50, 88, Silva 66, Toure 90-pen) Arsenal 3 (Walcott 31, 63, Mertesacker 90) Newcastle 1 (Gouffran 27) Southampton 1 (Rodriguez 65) West Ham 0 Sunderland 0 Playing later Hull v Stoke (1730GMT) Playing Sunday
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