Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf has been voted African Footballer of the Year for the second consecutive year.

The award is organised by France-based Afrique Football Magazine, whobestowed the honour on Diouf in 2001.

The Senegal man finished way ahead of the field with 189 points, compared to nearest rival and fellow countryman Pape Bouba Diop who finished with just 64. Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o Fils and Liverpool’s Salif Diao were also among the top five.

Crucially, Diouf’s influence on Senegal’s World Cup quarter-final run – where he was their player of the tournament – was a deciding factor for the fifty-five African journalists who voted.

Diouf celebrated by scoring for his club side last night to secure them a place in the Worthington Cup final.

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