Drogba wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award

Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba has been crowned the 2009 African Fooballer of the Year. Ths striker beat off competition from fellow teammate Michael Essien, Samuel Eto’o and Yaya Toure on his way to the title.

The poll was voted for by football fans all around the world before the results were announced live in Angola where the African Nations is being held.

Drogba’s year did not get off the best of starts as he was frozen out of the Chelsea team by manager Luis Felipe Scolari. By February, the forward had only managed one goal in ten matches. However once Scolari was sacked, Drogba’s fortunes greatly improved under new caretaker boss Guus Hiddink.

A foul mouth rant at television cameras following a last gasp Champions League semi final defeat to Barcelona overshadowed his good form towards the end of the season. Nevertheless, Drogba triumphed in the FA Cup final to end the season with a winners medal. His good form at club level has carried into the 09/10 campaign which has helped Chelsea to the top of the league.

At international level, he helped the Ivory Coast qualify for the 2010 World Cup to be held in South Africa in June. He scored six times in five qualification matches and will hope to take that form into the tournament to help the team out of a tricky group stage including Brazil and Portugal.

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