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Andre Ayew merits CAF Player of the Year award- Ghana FA boss

Published on: 20 December 2011

By Akyereko Frimpong-Manson

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi believes midfielder Andre Ayew merits the Caf African Footballer of the Year Award.

The 22-year-old is among five footballers shortlisted by the Confederation of Africa Football to contest for the coveted prize.

Ayew has been in scintillating form in the French Ligue 1 helping Olympique Marseille through to the knock stages of the Uefa Champions League.

He faces stiffer competition from Senegal's Moussa Sow, Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o and Mali's Seidou Keita.

But Nyantakyi believes Andre Ayew has done enough to merit the crown.

"The choices are done by the national team coaches and that is where the difficulty is and once that is done, CAF has no hands at all in determining who wins the award," he told Accra-based Pravda FM.

"On merit I believe our player Andre Ayew deserves to win and we hope he will win based on his contributions to the Black Stars and his current performance at Olympique Marseille."

He added that: "As a young player, his achievements are worthy and more so he is the only Ghanaian among the short-listed players."

Ayew was on Friday named the BBC African Footballer of the Year.


  • aprilove says:
    December 20, 2011 07:36 pm
    if CAF decisions wont be biased....and votes wont be casted basing on fame and names criteria...DEDE WILL SURELY WIN THIS....otherwise i dnt trust these african coaches!
  • aberico says:
    December 20, 2011 05:10 pm
    In fact Dede deseves it, but there will be some kululu that will smash it frm him. There are some things in the caf Nyantakyi himself isn't aware of.
  • MAWUDEKA says:
    December 20, 2011 11:50 am
  • Philip Agalisi says:
    December 20, 2011 12:41 pm
    Andre Dede Ayew is delight and pursues his career with all the seriousness it deserves. His perfomance at both club and national level competitions will enable him stand tall again for this award.His enthusiasm for the game and wine spirit is another aspect of him. This is going to be easy for him because these same competitors are those he beat to the BBC Award. I wish him the very best of luck in this again so Ghana and his fans across the globe can again celebrate with him.
  • Kenneth County says:
    December 20, 2011 01:10 pm
    We Ghanaians all wish him to win. But the odds are stack against him because if he wins he would be bucking a trend: I stand to be corrected but no player has ever won the BBC and the CAN Title in the same year. Not only that he also faces a stronger challenge from Yayha Toure who is also in fantastic form. I wish Andre the best of Luck but if he doesn't win, he should not be discouraged but should go on and prove in Gabon that he is a future top candidate for the award.
  • tanko salam says:
    December 20, 2011 09:35 pm
    kudos to dede ayew for winning the bbc african footballer of the year and may he continue to win more laurels for his mother land ghana.
  • Rusty says:
    January 13, 2012 12:54 pm
    An intelligent answer - no BS - which makes a pelasnat change