By Kunle Adewale
Winner of the Glo-CAF African Footballer of the Year Award 2012, Yaya Toure, has stated that winning the award for the second time in a row with his compatriot, Didier Drogba, emerging the first runner-up, will go a long way in inspiring Cote d’Ivoire to victory at the Nations Cup in South Africa.
The Manchester City midfielder said his side has a lot of respect for all the teams that will be participating in the Nations Cup but believe Cote d’Ivoire will settle for nothing but the trophy in South Africa.
“African football is very difficult and we will have to play and win six difficult matches to emerge as champion but we were more than ready for the task ahead.
“We came to win it in Libreville when we played in the final against Zambia in the last edition of the Nations Cup but luck was not on our side and we returned home with a lot of lessons learnt. But this time around it’s the trophy or nothing,” Toure said.
The former Barcelona utility player however admitted that the 2013 championship in South Africa would be more competitive that the one jointly hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.
“With the presence of countries like Nigeria that missed out in the last edition, Tunisia, Morocco and the defending champion, Zambia, it will be a tough battle but we hope to emerge victorious at the end,” he noted.
Toure however expressed gratitude to CAF and the sponsor of the award, Glo, saying he will continue to work harder to be shortlisted for the award next year.