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Ayew makes five-man CAF shortlist for African Player of the Year Award, Zambia captain Katongo snubbed

Published on: 23 November 2012

Ghana's Andre Ayew has made the five-man shortlist for the 2012 Glo-CAF Footballer of the Year Award as Zambia captain Chris Katongo is snubbed for the prestigious accolade.

Ayew, 22, was named alongside Cameroonian Alexandre Song, Demba Ba from Senegal and the Ivorian duo of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure in a brief ceremony in Accra.

The Olympique Marseille player earns his second straight nomination following his consistent displays for both club and country.

The son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele came third in last year’s award after coming behind Mali’s Seydou Keita and the eventual winner Yaya Toure.

Katongo on the other hand who led The Chipolopolo to win the 2012 Nations Cup shockingly failed to make the cut.

The Henan Construction playmaker emerged the best player in Zambia's success in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

His personal feat in 2012 was however not enough to garner enough votes from the coaches of the various member associations of CAF.

This will certainly be s lap on the face of especially Zambians as their captained who reigned supreme amongst other world class players at the last AFCON is deemed just not good enough to be part of the first five top players from Africa.

The grand event which will come off on December 20 at the State banquet Hall in Accra will also see CAF award the best player plying his trade on the continent.

Here, Egypt and Al Ahly talisman Mohammed Aboutreka will compete against the TP Mazembe duo of Rainford Kalaba and Stoppilla Sunzu.



  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    November 24, 2012 08:34 am
    i dnt knw wat is wrong wit dis ugly zambians.gyan missed penalties bt he is far betta dan dat ugly mulenga n katongo who warms bench in glad katongo is out of da list hahahahaa i nid to wank to dis
  • Papa says:
    November 24, 2012 09:36 am
    What has Song done this year. You haven't even mentioned a single thing he has achieved. You must have a wooden brain.
  • Papa says:
    November 24, 2012 09:39 am
    We have always known that West Africans are wankers. Hehehe!
  • AGODOME says:
    November 24, 2012 07:22 am
    What criteria did they use to include these guys Cameroonian Alexandre Song and Demba Ba from Senegal ..these GUYS had their WORST PERFOMANCE...At the AFCON Zambia destroyed SENEGAL and guys like Demba Ba where no where on the PITCH..and Alexandre SONG i have no comments PLSE PLSE PLSE PLSE spare us and these coaches of the various member associations of CAF should ALL be FIRED for putting SONG on the LIST..on what grounds these guys are FINISHED.... and the Ivorian duo of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure...I say YES...NOT Demba BA Please Please...put CHRIS KATANGO...back!!!!! This is DAY LIGHT ROBBERY!!!!!! fire the CAF pannel!!!! all of THEM!!!!
  • SADC says:
    November 24, 2012 04:03 am
    Ha ha... GhaZamsoccernet!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 24, 2012 02:52 am
    stupid zambian
  • Targeted says:
    November 23, 2012 10:20 pm
    Ghana watch-out at the 2013 AFCON ,this time we coming with a big stick 4 your ass! n you'll get a ferocious punch in your belly come September!!
  • Randy Abbey says:
    November 23, 2012 10:35 pm
    Andre is finished.He is now a disabled player.
  • Lusaka says:
    November 23, 2012 10:38 pm
    This years West African footballer of the year award goes to.....DIDIER DROGBA!
  • timba says:
    November 23, 2012 11:35 pm
    Are u sure u are a real ghanaman and not zambia?
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 23, 2012 11:09 pm
    Cameroon is in Central Africa you dumb idiot!!!
  • Zed says:
    November 23, 2012 10:45 pm
    He`s a piece of shit cos he knocked 2 of my teeth on 2 ocassions dis year!
  • CAF says:
    November 23, 2012 10:55 pm
    This years West African footballer of year award goes to.....DIDIER DROGBA!
  • algorithm says:
    November 23, 2012 09:55 pm
    katongo stop playing football and join the henan construction workers and build house in zambia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO
  • timba says:
    November 23, 2012 09:54 pm
    It's only those dat wear wooden spectacles dat did not see the work of song.gud 4 nothin old cargo
  • muyu-nda says:
    November 23, 2012 08:56 pm
    ths story is about katongo,i see,he is making headlines in yo country.why is katongo a soldier,well the army here sponsor a team called green buffalos fc.katongo first played 4 that team b4 hs talent ws identified.went to south africa where he ws top scorer b4 he played in the bundasliga nd then these guys who wnt 2 buy the bst players,jst lyk they bought drogba,bought katongo.
  • zed 635 says:
    November 23, 2012 08:48 pm
  • Chibesa says:
    November 23, 2012 08:38 pm
    West African footballer of the year award!Shameless CAF. What did Alex Song win for either club or country this year?
  • Papa says:
    November 23, 2012 08:23 pm
    For your information, Katongo is multi-talented and that is why he is both a a footballer and a soldier in the Zambian army. His rank is Warrant Class Officer. I doubt you have such patriots in your national side Kantoose. You only have mercenaries who play for such clubs as Al Ain.
  • zed 635 says:
    November 23, 2012 08:42 pm
    ghana will always talk,,and ZamBIA WILL DO THE LIFTING OF TROPHIES,,,how many times is your gyan tear your hearts thru penalty misses? you all no that Katongo rightly deserved to be among the top 5..what has ba,ayew and song done for their countries during afcon compared with C.Katongo,,,let you guys ill talk us but the trophy is in ZAMBIA...
  • J,madrid says:
    November 23, 2012 07:36 pm
    Ths is th most ediotic process of voting.if truely fifa ws votin 4 th african footballer no doubt katongo ws better thn thm th top 5 in all african competions.all the top 5 expt 4 drogba wer flops 4 their countries.west africa is very selfish wn it comes 2 awards.zambia wil make ur teams luk like amatures again.expecially highly rated ghanians our customers.respect 2nigeria.african wil only win th world cup wn thy learn 2appriciate true footballers doin th work not just names.china or japan its katongo who liftd th cup wth zambia.hala madrid nd zambia.south is home,here we come
  • one andy says:
    November 23, 2012 04:53 pm
    Why talk as if he already won people are really desperate for a trophy i can see now.
  • B k says:
    November 23, 2012 05:23 pm
    This site is not for ghanaians and zambians to exchange insults. what has dede done to deserve this award. kalu is even better than him
  • Great says:
    November 23, 2012 05:28 pm
    Go dede go! Ghana's future captain.u r above zambia's captain. Dis is ur 2nd nomination. As i said b4 its u or drogba 4 de caf award. Even if u don't win it dis yr too ur time will certainly come.U r among de best 5 in Africa. Ghana is proud of u !
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 23, 2012 06:17 pm
    He should prove his worth by getting out of the Chinese 2nd division. Award is based on the whole year not 5 or 7 games.
  • kantoose says:
    November 23, 2012 06:18 pm
    BREAKING NEWS: China has noticed the battlefield prowess of Katongo and has drafted him into the great chinese millitary army. Katongo is no longer a footballer.
  • kwame pito says:
    November 23, 2012 06:44 pm
    winning the Afcon as Captain of your team does not make one Africa best player. Zambia is a good team and they are looking like the team to beat in Afcon 2013 because your players are very hardworking and play together very well. But when it comes to individual player ability even Jacob mulenga of utrecht is way ahead of your captain Katongo. if he was inspirational he was inspirational for zambians not Africa.
  • Zed says:
    November 23, 2012 07:00 pm
    Zambia is the team that always bring tears to the Bs fans n we'll do it again in S.A!!
  • Zed says:
    November 23, 2012 07:06 pm
    Zambia is the team that breaks BS fans hearts and they will do it again and again in S.A and @ Baba Yara!...
  • Dynamite says:
    November 23, 2012 07:11 pm
    Zambian news always on the tabloids in ghana..what can i say?..I GUESS ZAMBIA THE MENACE is befitting.
  • timba says:
    November 23, 2012 04:33 pm
    Katongo is a wrestler and not a footballer
  • great zed says:
    November 23, 2012 03:59 pm
    to hell wit yo so calld awards ,katongo is a hero in our own country!
  • Papa says:
    November 23, 2012 03:54 pm
    It takes a piece of shit to recognise a piece of shit.
  • GOFA says:
    November 23, 2012 04:04 pm
    The fact that Katongo is making headlines in Ghana and making your useless papers sell is because he is a threat to west African the way Zambians don't even need CAF to show the whole of Africa that they play better football.But come rain or sunshine Ghana will not get the award but you shall be the best gossipers that Africa has ever had and please try being Wrestling announcers for being loud mouths.
  • Papa says:
    November 23, 2012 04:01 pm
    Kwame you are a sensible man and I agree with you when you say that Drogba deserves the award. But you have also got to agree that Chris Katongo at least deserved a place in the top three for what he has achieved. Song and Demba Ba don't deserve to be above him Chris this year. Ba was a flop at Afcon 2012 scoring zero goals and Song didn't even qualify.
  • Papa says:
    November 23, 2012 03:49 pm
    @David, You must be an idiot. What do you mean by saying Zambia won by luck? Do you know when the African cup of Nations begins? It begins with qualifiers and then moves to the finals. The winners play a minimum of 12 matches to be crowned champions. By the way, Zambia beat all the favourites at Afcon 2012, Senegal, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Only a blind fool can say Zambia were not worthy winners.
  • David says:
    November 23, 2012 03:33 pm
    dede thats good for u and ghana football, who is zambia they are just lucky to won 2012 afcon, everybody can see it now, there is no quality in that zambia team
  • Obbie says:
    November 23, 2012 03:41 pm
    Its over for us Zambia with our Katongo. Drogba is getting this one. all the best players. Katongo get your Afcon in SA dear. all these players listed will never win the Afcon in their life time but you got it and you are definitely gettin it again next year.
  • Roving eyes says:
    November 23, 2012 03:23 pm
    Caf is full of west and North Africans.Because of jealous,I don't think they would want this award to go Chri;however he showed everyone during AFcON that he is a better player.Corrupted people in CAF.Shame.
  • ash pee says:
    November 23, 2012 02:00 pm
  • junior mafia says:
    November 23, 2012 02:11 pm
    Katongo is overrated
  • Kao says:
    November 23, 2012 02:23 pm
    Wao !!!! do you expect that Zambia as an Africa best !!!! don't joke.
  • tank God we are nt zambians says:
    November 23, 2012 01:47 pm
    im glad katongo is out cos dat playa is a piece of shit
  • kwame pito says:
    November 23, 2012 12:44 pm
    at long last CAF has heeded to all the tenets of the criteria without sentiments. Anyways at the moment it looks like Drogba is the man for the 3rd time. Until we see something spectacular from any of these top contenders before the D-Day.
  • Analysis says:
    November 25, 2012 09:48 pm
    CHIPOLOPOLO will dazzle Africa one more dis space!