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January 08, 2015

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Yaya Toure has been named African player of the year for a record-equaling fourth time, matching the feat of former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o.

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The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder also became the first player to win the award four times in a row. Toure was announced as Africa's top player for 2014 at a ceremony in Lagos on Thursday. He won the English Premier League title last year and was named in the league's team of the year.

The African award is decided by a vote of the coaches or technical directors of the continent's national teams.

Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama were the other finalists.

Algeria won team of the year after establishing itself as Africa's top-ranked team in 2014.