Cameroon and Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has been named African Footballer of the Year on Tuesday for the second successive year.
The 23-year-old received 116 votes to finish ahead of Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba (90) and Nigeria captain Jay-Jay Okocha (63) in the annual Confederation of African Football (CAF) poll.
“It is a very proud moment for me and for my country,” said Eto’o.
He is only the fourth player in 34 years to win the award in consecutive years, following Abedi Pele of Ghana, George Weah of Liberia and Senegal striker El-Hadji Diouf.
Awards in full:
African Footballer of the Year: Samuel Eto’o (Barcelona, Spain and Cameroon)
Team of the year: Tunisia
Club of the year: Enyimba (Nigeria)
Coach of the year: Okey Emordi (Enyimba, Nigeria)
Goalkeeper of the year: Ali Boumnijel (Club Africain and Tunisia)
Young Player of the Year: Obafemi Martins (Inter Milan, Italy and Nigeria)
Best African Champions League player: Vincent Enyeama (Enyimba, Nigeria).
African Women’s Footballer of the Year: Perpetua Nkwocha (Nigeria).
Best African Goal of the Year: Benni McCarthy (Porto, Portugal and South Africa).