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Eto'o claims record fourth African award

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o is named African Footballer of the Year
  • The Inter Milan striker collects the award for a record fourth time in his career
  • Ghana's Asamoah Gyan was second ahead of last year's winner Didier Drogba
  • Ghana's Serbian team boss Milovan Rajevac named Coach of the Year

(CNN) -- Inter Milan and Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has made history after being named the African Footballer of the Year for the fourth time in his career.

The 29-year-old, who also collected the award for three consecutive years from 2003 onwards, was honored at the annual African Football Confederation (CAF) ceremony in Cairo, Egypt.

Eto'o was named ahead of Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, who led his nation to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup, and Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast -- who last year won it for the second time.

The award, voted for by the national coaches of the 53 African football associations, caps a remarkable year for Eto'o, who won the treble of UEFA Champions League, Italian Serie A and Italian Cup with Inter Milan.

Eto'o is a great player who has been a fantastic example to many of us in Africa
--Asamoah Gyan
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He was also a member of the Inter side that won the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi last weekend, being voted as the tournament's best player in the process.

However, 2010 was not as successful for Eto'o's "Indomitable Lions" national side, with Cameroon failing to get past the last eight stage of the African Nations Cup and losing all three group matches at the World Cup in South Africa.

"To win footballer of the year four times is to create a new record but l don't think it gives me the right to say l am the best," Eto'o told the official CAF website after collecting his award.

Runner-up Gyan added: "Eto'o is a great player who has been a fantastic example to many of us in Africa. I hope one day l will also win this award like he has."

TP Mazembe won the Club of the Year award after getting to the final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday before losing 3-0 to Inter.

Meanwhile, Serbia's Milovan Rajevac was named Coach of the Year after Ghana became the third African team to reach the last eight at the World Cup following Cameroon in 1990 and Senegal in 2002.