CAf Awards: ‘I was lucky, though my best is yet to come’ – Yaya Toure on Fourth African Best gong

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Cote d’Ivoire international Yaya Toure has attributed hardwork as the key behind his fourth African Player of the Year title.
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The 31-year-old midfielder became the first player to be named Africa’s best four times beating off competition from compatriot Pierre Aubameyang and local favorite Vincent Enyeama to the title.

In the post-award conference, Toure told media that he felt ‘lucky’ to win it considering the exploits of other contenders.

“I always try to give my best whenever I’m on the field of play,” Yaya told media.

“It was a close one because Vincent and Aubameyang were impressive in their respective clubs and national teams as well. This time around, I would say luck did it again and I’m really proud about this.”

Yaya is yet to lift the Africa Cup of Nations and he said with the caliber of players in the Elephant’s fold, the team will be hoping to emerge as champions.

“To be honest with you, we [Cote d’Ivoire national team] want to win major championship but it has been pretty difficult because development have come to African football,” he continued.

“I always wish to but it has been very difficult because sometimes you do well, while sometimes one can perform badly. All depends on whether you have a go or bad team.

“Going into to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, we have a lot of fantastic young players who want to learn and achieve, it will really be amazing to see what we can do.

He also added that his English clubside have the depth of quality players to prosecute their English Premier League games in their absence.

“I think it’s always a difficult decision to make because I have to leave my club and play for my country even as we have crucial games and you know that the English Premier League is very tough.

“Manchester City have a fantastic squad and I believe they can do without me while on national duty,” he concluded.

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