Yaya Toure is named the 2012 African Player of the Year

Manchester City midfielder YayaToure has been named the African Player of the Year for a second time.

Toure beat fellow Ivory Coast star and former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba into second place with former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song third.

Recent Africa Player of the Year winners

  • 2006 Didier Drogba
  • 2007 Frederic Kanoute
  • 2008 Emmanuel Adebayor
  • 2009 Didier Drogba
  • 2010 Samuel Eto'o
  • 2011 Yaya Toure
  • 2012 Yaya Toure

He won the 2012 poll in a vote of head coaches or technical directors of countries affiliated to the Confederation of African Football.

Ex-Barcelona striker Samuel Eto'o holds the most titles, having won four times.

African Nations Cup winners Zambia were named team of the year with their coach Herve Renard named coach of the year.

Song currently plays for Barcelona while Drogba signed for Shanghai Shenhua in May.

Toure, who won the award last year, is part of the Ivory Coast team heading to the Africa Cup of Nations that starts in South Africa next month.