Manchester City star Yaya Toure has been named the English Premier League’s African Player of the Month of November.
In a statement by organisers New African Soccer, through the awards director Tunde Adelakun, November was one of the most keenly contested months in the short life of the awards and Yaya just about pipped compatriot Wilfried Bony to the top prize.
“We had many votes – rather unprecedented so far in the short lifespan of the Awards,” Adelakun said. “It was close. Wilfried Bony of Swasea City ran Yaya really close. In fact it was neck-on-neck all the way till the end”.
Yaya Toure had been shortlisted, only for the first time this season, alongside fellow Ivorian Wilfried Bony of Swansea City and Crystal Palace’s DR Congo star Yannick Bolasie.
“At the end, we had to combine a few factors in determining the eventual winner. Yaya Toure, who had endured a somewhat difficult start to the season has been slowly rediscovering his old form”, Adelakun explained, continuing by saying, “and in November, he played all 90 minutes of every one of Manchester City’s four games that month, making valuable contributions along the way”.
It will be recalled that Yaya scored the winner in the 2-1 comeback win against Bony’s Swansea City, and followed it up with the curtain raiser in the 3-0 mauling of Southampton in the last game of the month.