12 Mar 2010

Drogba named African Footballer of the Year

12:53 pm on 12 March 2010

The Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has been named the 2009 African Footballer of the Year, beating his Chelsea team mate Michael Essien of Ghana and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon for the award.

Drogba scored five goals during the Ivory Coast's unbeaten World Cup qualifying campaign, and the striker also scored for Chelsea in their FA Cup final win.

It's the second time 32-year-old Drogba has won the award after his previous success in 2006.

The World Cup-bound Algeria were named Team of the Year.