Samuel Eto'o voted African Player of the Year for a record fourth time
Samuel Eto’o has become the first player to win the African Player of the Year award four times.
The Cameroon striker, who enjoyed little success with his country at the World Cup but won the treble with his club Internazionale last season, received this year’s honour at an awards ceremony in Cairo on Monday.
He finished ahead of the Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and the Ghana and Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan.
Eto’o won the award three times in a row from 2003 and his latest success means he overtakes the other three-times winners, Abedi Pele and George Weah.
The 29-year-old was an integral part of Inter’s success last term, scoring 16 goals during a highly successful campaign under the then coach, José Mourinho.
However, his exploits with the Indomitable Lions were limited as they were knocked out early in the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola and World Cup in South Africa.
In some quarters that made him second favourite to Gyan, whose goal-scoring exploits took Ghana to the World Cup quarter-finals, where they were beaten on penalties by Uruguay.
Gyan also helped Ghana reach the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they lost to Egypt.
The winner of tonight’s award was decided by votes from national coaches of the continent’s 53 countries affiliated to the Confederation of African Football.
The former Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac was named coach of the year, the Serbian seeing off strong competition from the TP Mazembe coach, Lamine N’Diaye, and Egypt’s Hassan Shehata.
Ghana were voted national team of the year ahead of Algeria and Egypt, and the Udinese midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah was named the young player of the year ahead of Algeria’s Ryad Boudebouz and the Niger striker Moussa Maazou.
TP Mazembe, who were beaten by Internazionale in Saturday’s Club World Cup final, won the best club side award. The veteran Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan, the captain of the Pharaohs, won the award for the best Africa-based player.
From The Guardian