Mikel Deserves Crown – Yaya Toure

Newly-crowned African Footballer of the Year for 2013, Yaya Toure has taken the time to praise the man he pipped to the accolade, John Obi Mikel.

Toure said Mikel “deserves the award” as he described winning Africa’s individual top gong for the third consecutive year as “unbelievable.”

“This is unbelievable. I am happy to be the winner. I congratulate Mikel who deserves it too. To be the winner was unbelievable. I thank all who supported me. I am very, very proud,” he said shortly after he was announced as the winner of the award.

Nigerian midfielder, Mikel, finished as runner-up while Ivorian striker, Didier Drogba was third in the final classification.

The last Nigerian to win the award was Nwankwo Kanu, who scooped the prestigious prize in 1999.

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