Egypt’s Abu Treika named best Africa-based player of 2013

Abu Treika already won the title three times in 2006, 2008 and 2012

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Retired al-Ahly midfielder, Mohammad Abu Treika was named best Africa-based player of the year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), reported Egyptian news website al-Ahram.

Abu Treika, who already won the title three times, nabbed the award at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala held on Thursday in Lagos, Nigeria.

The 35-year old who helped al-Ahly to a record-extending eighth African Champions League title swept the prize at the expense of compatriot Ahmed Fathy and Sunday Mba of Nigeria.

The midfielder, who hung up his boots last month after al-Ahly’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup, claimed the title in 2006, 2008 and 2012.

During the Gala, al-Ahly was awarded Africa’s club of the year for the fifth time by the CAF, according to Reuters.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was named African player of the year for a third straight time.

Egyptian player Saleh Gomaa, who recently joined Portuguese team Nacional Madeira, was beaten out by Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho for the title of Africa’s Most Promising Talent.

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