Yaya Toure Kept from Representing Country

By Parvez Fatteh, Founder of,

tourx_yayaEnglish Premier League football club Manchester City has been granted special dispensation to delay Yaya Toure’s departure for the Africa Cup of Nations. The Ivory Coast international had looked set to miss out on the Football Association Cup third round match against Manchester United and the first leg of the League Cup (Carling Cup) semifinal matchup with Liverpool, but he will now be able to feature in both matches.

Although glad he can take part in two important matches, Toure admits to feeling indifferent about the situation, with his loyalties split between club and country. The star midfielder told reporters, “Our country needs people like myself and Didier Drogba because there is a war and it’s important we do what we can for our people, but this is also a crucial time of the season. There are two crucial months coming up and now I am going to miss one of them. The team, the club and the manager need me, but I will have to go away and play in a different competition. It’s difficult as I am very focused for City and we need all the players. I have to go because my country is going through some difficult things, but I am a little bit guilty and confused about it. My loyalties are divided and I do feel a little bit sad. But City will cope.”

The tournament, hosted in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, begins on January 21st, with Ivory Coast’s first match taking place in Malabo against Sudan on January 22nd. Meanwhile, Manchester City sit atop the English Premier League with 38 points, two points ahead of cross-town rival Manchester United.


Yaya Toure Fires Manchester City to Finals

By Parvez Fatteh, TMO, Founder of,


Manchester City’s Yaya Toure (L) shoots to score during their FA Cup semi-final soccer against Manchester United at Wembley Stadium in London, April 16, 2011.  

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Midfielder Yaya Toure scored the lone goal of the match for Manchester City against fierce rivals Manchester United, sending Man City into the Football Association (FA) final match. This will be the first time taking part in the FA Cup finals for Manchester City since 1981. Toure, an Ivory Coast international, scored in the 52nd-minute, capitalizing on a giveaway by Manchester United’s Michael Carrick. Toure then sent the ball past United goalkeeper Edwin Van der Sar, and they held on for the 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium in London. Toure dedicated the semi-final goal to brother and Manchester City team-mate Kolo Toure, who is suspended after testing positive for a banned substance. Manchester City will now face surprise FA Cup finalist Stoke City, who will be playing in their first ever FA Cup final. The match will take place on May 14th.