Zambian captain Christopher Katongo has been named BBC African Footballer of the year 2012. The 30 year old who is also a soldier in his home country, made history as he is the first winner from southern Africa in the history of the award
He beat African footballers Didier Drogba, Demba Ba, Yaya Toure and Younes Belhanda, to clinch the title.
This is what Katongo told BBC Sport....
"This is a fantastic moment for me. I thank the people who voted for me. It is something I will never forget in my career.more after the jump
"This means a lot for the young people and the young players who look up to me. I could not have achieved this without the support of my team-mates."
"I think the things that they (the fans)
like about me is my discipline and that I am the kind of player who can fail one day but pull up his socks and keep going. I think that is why they voted for me," added Katongo.
"To be among the top players who have won this award, I will go to sleep with a smile on my face.
"I did my best and the people have spoken. That's the beauty of this award."
Congrats to the player.