Samuel Eto’o has been named African Footballer of the Year for a fourth time.
Eto’o came out on top despite enduring a disappointing 12 months with Cameroon, who lost all three of their group games at the World Cup and suffered disappointed at the African Cup of Nations.
However, the Inter striker was in stunning form at club level, helping his side win a spectacular treble last season and then clinch Club World Cup glory earlier this week.
Eto’o’s fourth African crown takes him past other three-time winners Abedi Pele and George Weah.
“It is a pleasure to be a winner again, to take it for the fourth time against such top opposition,” he said after the ceremony in Cairo.
“Africa now has so many good players and there is lots of talent coming up, so this might be a last chance for me.”
TP Mazembe, the four-time African Champions League winners who stunned Internacional of Brazil 2-0 in the United Arab Emirates last week before finishing runners-up to Inter, were named Club of the Year.
Milovan Rajevac, the Serbian coach who led Ghana to the brink of a World Cup semi-final spot, took the Coach of the Year award. He resigned after the World Cup to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad Jeddah.
Other award winners included Al-Ahly and Egypt midfielder Ahmed Hassan (Africa-based Player) and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah (Most Promising Talent) while Ghana were named best national team after reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.