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

Andre has been nominated for 2012 African Footballer of the Year

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.



  1. kwame pito says:

    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.

    • Papa says:

      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.

      • kwame pito says:

        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.

    • CAF says:

      This years West African footballer of year award goes to…..DIDIER DROGBA!

  2. tank God we are nt zambians says:

    im glad katongo is out cos dat playa is a piece of shit

  3. ash pee says:


  4. junior mafia says:

    Katongo is overrated

  5. Kao says:

    Wao !!!! do you expect that Zambia as an Africa best !!!!
    don’t joke.

  6. Roving eyes says:

    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.

  7. David says:

    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

    • Papa says:

      @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.

    • Zed says:

      Zambia is the team that always bring tears to the Bs fans n we’ll do it again in S.A!!

    • Zed says:

      Zambia is the team that breaks BS fans hearts and they will do it again and again in S.A and @ Baba Yara!…

  8. Obbie says:

    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.

  9. great zed says:

    to hell wit yo so calld awards ,katongo is a hero in our own country!

  10. GOFA says:

    The fact that Katongo is making headlines in Ghana and making your useless papers sell is because he is a threat to west African football.by 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.

  11. timba says:

    Katongo is a wrestler and not a footballer

  12. one andy says:

    Why talk as if he already won it.you people are really desperate for a trophy i can see now.

  13. B k says:

    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

  14. Great says:

    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 !

  15. kantoose says:

    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.

    • Papa says:

      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.

  16. Dynamite says:

    Zambian news always on the tabloids in ghana..what can i say?..I GUESS ZAMBIA THE MENACE is befitting.

  17. J,madrid says:

    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

  18. Chibesa says:

    West African footballer of the year award!Shameless CAF. What did Alex Song win for either club or country this year?

  19. zed 635 says:

    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…

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  21. muyu-nda says:

    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.

  22. timba says:

    It’s only those dat wear wooden spectacles dat did not see the work of song.gud 4 nothin old cargo

  23. algorithm says:

    katongo stop playing football and join the henan construction workers and build house in zambia!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LMAO

  24. Targeted says:

    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!!

  25. Randy Abbey says:

    Andre is finished.He is now a disabled player.

  26. timba says:

    Are u sure u are a real ghanaman and not zambia?

  27. AGODOME says:

    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!!!!

  28. tank God we are nt zambians says:

    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 china.im glad katongo is out of da list hahahahaa i nid to wank to dis

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