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Andre Ayew arrives to contest Caf Player of the Year award

Published on: 22 December 2011

Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew touched down in Accra Wednesday night to contest the 2011 Caf African Player of the Year award.

The 22-year-old Ghana international will be in contention with Mali's Seydou Keita (who is also in town) and yet to arrive Ivorian Yaya Toure.

Ayew's chances of winning the award looks very bright after being named the BBC African Footballer of the Year last week.

And his camp is very optimistic going into the awards on Thursday night at the State Banquet Hall in Accra.

"Andre arrived alongside his briother Jordan last night for the awards in very high spirits," Family spokesperson Fiifi Tackie told

"God willing after the ceremony, a deserving new king of African football which will be Andre will emerge."

If successful, Andre Ayew will be the first Ghanaian in eighteen years to win the award.

His father, Abedi Pele was the last Ghanaian to win the gong in 1993.



This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • Millennium says:
    December 22, 2011 08:27 pm
    How could you talk like this. sabacious? Can you compare the caliber of players at city with the players at Marseille? It is no doubt that the free-spending city can get any player they want, and that is what they done by assembling all these great players at man city. Yaya Toure is good but his achievement in the year under review cant march that of dede - a criterion they used to award Etoo the title last year. Dede does not only contribute like yaya does, but he scores .. and that is a mark of a great player deserving of this title. Unless you have a personal hatred for the ayew's family (because of their exploit), there should be no reason why you not think dede should win this award. At least Ghana should be third time lucky, at least not when average players are in contention
  • Fela says:
    December 22, 2011 07:15 pm
    No doubt the CAF awards are 'Francophone'-biased especially towards Cameroon.However we'll annex it this time around,'insha Yahweh'!
  • Jimmy says:
    December 22, 2011 07:16 pm
    isa will give it a French boy.
  • King Wise Don Fuzzy says:
    December 22, 2011 05:34 pm
    He deserves it,no doubt! Let's just pray CAF does not cheat him as it happens in the past.
  • real sabacious says:
    December 22, 2011 03:27 pm
    I wonder why everybody is putting the blame on caf for essien,gyan and kuffour's inability to win the african footballer of the year.i want to make it clear that,the choice solely rest in the hands of various national team coaches and not hayatou!i will be very happy if dede wins but if the form and the reputation of yaya toure is anything to go by,he will be the clear winner!how many ppl watch marseille matches in the world as compare to city? anyway all the best dede!been among the top 3 contenders even makes u a winner!congrat!!
  • Desmond says:
    December 22, 2011 03:24 pm
    Millenium Well talk.I really loud you for your efforts and detailed contribution.Onething people must know is that the is not current player now who has good CV that DEde.He won two cups for the Country Africa Under 20 and World Under 20.I remember when they played the World Finals againt Brazil.We we 10 man down.This guy as an inspiration Captain motivated the colleagues to give Brazil a hell of a time.This is such person who must win the CAF award today
  • emmakwebena says:
    December 22, 2011 10:08 am
  • Essandoh says:
    December 22, 2011 11:04 am
    He deserve it no doubt
  • MILLENNIUM says:
    December 22, 2011 11:12 am
    There should be no reason why Dede would not win this hands down. From every criterion, he stands taller than any of the players in contention. Yaya and Keita clubs are doing very well becos they have the best of the world's players plying their trade there. The same can not be said about Marseille, and even with that they qualified for the champions league knockout stages beating german reigning league champions and league leaders, brussia dortmond, in their own backyard with Dede scoring the equalizer. The last time this french-controlled caf thing was held in Ghana, Didier Drogba unfairly beat our own Essein to it , last year, when our exploit at the world cup and nations cup should have given gyan the award, it was given to Etoo. If these Mafias give this award to Yaya or Keita for any pseudo reason ... it would be simply to conclude that there is no honesty in this competition and all soccer players in Ghana, both now and future should resolve not to contest for this award again, not to talk about ghana hosting it. Infact, there should be no reason why Dede who led ghana to win the only world under-20 title for mother africa shouldnt be crown the king of african football. A crazy ghanaian legend is saying it shouldnt be given to Dede because he is younger. How old was messi when he won the best player in the world. Shame on him and his God-forsaken opinion. It's dede and no one else.
  • stephen arthur says:
    December 22, 2011 01:03 pm
  • MAWUDEKA says:
    December 22, 2011 01:32 pm
    kinakor now is the time dede all the way dede ooo dede