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Andre Ayew makes ten-man shortlist for CAF Player of the Year award - Asamoah, Badu axed

Published on: 04 November 2012

Black Stars winger Andre Ayew is the only Ghanaian player left in the ten-man shortlist for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year award after CAF pruned down the list late on Sunday.

Ghanaian midfielders Kwadwo Asamoah and Emmanuel Agyemang Badu were axed from the list after CAF reduced its initial list of 34 players nominated players for the top award.

Ayew now faces two weeks of anxiety to find out if he is part of the three-man final shortlist as he faces tough competition from the Ivorian trio of Didier Drogba, Gervinho and Yaya Toure.

The other players in the ten-man shortlist are Zambia star Christopher Katongo, Nigeria's John Mikel Obi, Senegalese striker Demba Ba, Alex Song of Cameroon as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Younes Belhanda of Morocco.

The two Italy-based players were among the three Ghanaians nominated by CAF in its first list of 34 players for the award but  now only Ayew will carry the Ghana flag for the top gong.

The Olympique Marseille star has been recognized for his 39 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit and scored 16 goals last season.

The 22-year-old helped Ghana to finish fourth at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

Has already scored four goals in 12 matches for his club in the current 2012-2013 season.

The current shortlist will be passed on to head coaches and technical directors from CAF member associations whose votes will decide the eventual winner.

The continent's governing football body will announce the top three in the last week of November.

The winners will be unveiled at a ceremony on 20 December at a ceremony in Accra.

Comments

  • ISAAC MORRIS QUAINOO says:
    November 05, 2012 12:04 am
    EVERYTHING GOD HIM TIME. DEDE ALL THE WAY.LET HOPE SO.
  • Kay says:
    November 04, 2012 10:56 pm
    Please, don't waste your time on this. I have never believed in CAF. They are more crooked than FIFA. Ghana was the last African country to leave the 2006 World Cup, again the last African country to leave 2010 World Cup. On this two important occasions, Ghana carried the hope of Africa and made every black man proud. Did any Ghanaian win the award? Dede would not get it, it has already been arranged behind the curtain. It may even go to Katongo, don't you know Kalusha is CAF/FIFA executive? Scratch my back and I scratch yours.
  • The IGWE says:
    November 05, 2012 07:43 am
    The Winner definately will come from the Current African Champions..Christopher Katongo and it has nothing to do with Kalusha's position..and there should be nothing like Scratch my back and i scrach yours.Its simply on MERIT...finish and fullstop!!.
  • Solomon says:
    November 05, 2012 02:14 pm
    It will be between drogba,yaya toure,mikel obi. The rest are pretenders.
  • Gyan says:
    November 05, 2012 11:17 am
    The winner lies between Drogba and Katongo
  • bawah says:
    November 05, 2012 09:45 am
    AYEW WON JUNIOR CAN,JUNIOR WORLD CUP,NEARLY SENIOR CAN THE SAME YEAR,SEMI-FINALISTS OF THE SENIOR WORLD CUP..........A RECORD!
  • Ghanaians are PUSSY says:
    November 05, 2012 06:48 am
    its between drogba and katongo
  • Papa says:
    November 05, 2012 06:18 am
    @Kay,Why bring the Zambian legend Kalusha into this discussion? Is he the only person in Caf who sits on both the Caf and FIFA executive boards. If Christopher Katongo wins then it will be on merit because he was voted the player of the tournament at Afcon 2012 which is biggest continental event. No body else among the candidates has a continental gold medal. For me the tie should be between Didier Drogba who won the Champions League with Chelsea and Christopher Katongo Period. The other candidates are just taking up unnecessary space.
  • kwame says:
    November 05, 2012 05:57 am
    Quality wise it would come down to Drogba, Yaya Toure and Demba Ba.
  • Chiku says:
    November 05, 2012 04:17 am
    Katongo is my man...so inspiring was his leadership!!
  • Patrice says:
    November 05, 2012 04:14 am
    Song will get it 4 BARCELONA!!
  • Chiku says:
    November 05, 2012 04:11 am
    Katongo will win it....very inspirational!!!!
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 05, 2012 02:37 am
    Dede Ayew will win it!!!!
  • kantoose says:
    November 05, 2012 01:56 am
    DROGBA will win this award for the last time
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    November 04, 2012 10:01 pm
    WHERE IS ASAMOAH GYAN?..LOL THE SHORTLIST WILL COME DOWN TO THESE 3 PLAYERS: Yaya Toure, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang AND DEDE AYEW.