CHELSEA striker Didier Drogba was named African Footballer of the Year for 2009 on Thursday. It is the second time the Ivory Coast international has won the award.
Drogba pushed Inter Milan and Cameroon skipper Samuel Eto’o into second place. In 2006, the Ivorian also beat Eto’o to the title.
Ghana and Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien was third.
TP Mazembe of DR Congo, who clinched the CAF Champions League for the first time in 49 years, were named the best club ahead of Nigeria’s Heartland and CAF Confederation winners Stade Malien of Mali.
Mazembe skipper Trésor Mputu Mabi picked up the award for best African player based on the continent.
Sellas Tetteh was voted best coach while Ghana striker Dominic Adiyiah was African Young Footballer of the Year.
Algeria were judged to be the best national team after they upset African champions and bitter rivals Egypt to qualify for the World Cup.