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Andre Ayew named for BBC African Player of the Year award

Published on: 18 November 2011

Ghana midfielder Andre Dede Ayew is among the five candidates for the 2011 BBC African Footballer.

The Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure and Gervinho as well as Cameroonian Samuel Eto'o andMali's Seydou Keita also made the shortlist.

The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 9 December to vote for their choice.

Voting for the award will take place via text and online.

Click here to cast your vote

The winner will be announced a week later on 16 December on the BBC's Sport Today programme.

BothManchesterCitystriker Yaya Toure and Arsenal midfielder Gervinho starred forIvory Coastas they qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations by winning all their matches.

Toure scored the winner for Manchester City as they won the FA Cup while Gervinho was instrumental in Lille's double inFrancebefore he moved to Arsenal.

Ayew, who is one of Ghana's key players, helped Marseille to win the French League Cup and Super Cup whileMali's Seydou Keita was part of Barcelona's historic Champions League winning team.

Eto'o netted 21 goals for Italian side Inter Milanbefore leaving for Russian Anzhi Makhachkala in August and has scored seven goals in eight matches so far this season.

The shortlist was determined by a panel of experts across Africawho took into consideration individual skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency, impact on results and fair play.

"This shortlist reinforces the importance of African footballers toEurope's top clubs. It will be intriguing to see who triumphs in the end," the BBC's African Football blogger Piers Edwards said.

Last year's winner Asamoah Gyan narrowly missed out on the shortlist.


  • aprilove says:
    November 20, 2011 07:45 am
    hahahhah its u again Abbey aka THE AYEWS HATER.....grow up hating will take u nowhere masa!kwasiiiiiiiiiiiia pah!
  • Felix Amoako Atta says:
    November 28, 2011 12:08 pm
    DEDE you are the best and we are all behind you
  • D LIGHT says:
    November 18, 2011 06:49 pm
    Dis award r for SERIOUS-MINDED futballers wit VISION and HUNGER for SUCCESS in the game. HOw can dat shortsighted midiocre dancer b CHEATED? Let b serious! Its Andrey or no one- make God ELEVATE HIM thru dis AWARD. Hopefully he can EQUAL His dad records to Strongly BREAKS ETO'O's. GOD BLESS HIM
  • pee says:
    November 18, 2011 07:14 pm
    Vote for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2011... ayew,,,,,,,,,,,,, plsssss
  • Experience Coach says:
    November 18, 2011 07:20 pm
    I will vote for Ayew but it will not surprise me if Yaya Toure wins.
  • Experience Coach says:
    November 18, 2011 07:22 pm
    And as a matter of fact, Asamoah Gyan has not done anything special as a striker.
  • words says:
    November 18, 2011 07:26 pm
    i support you Bro
  • Handsome says:
    November 18, 2011 07:29 pm
    I think de arguement about Gyan playing in a less superior league is baseless. Is Eto'o not also playing in Russia? Is dat league competetive? NO! Masa Gyan's football is going down. Dat is wat i fink.
  • bornblack germany says:
    November 18, 2011 07:32 pm
    can someone pls help me how i can vote? try the site is not working? thanx
  • brontortor!!! says:
    November 18, 2011 04:44 pm
    if a selection is made objectively, Ayew has to win it. if we look at achievements from last season, contribution to the national team as well as club performances, individual performance, i believe Ayew stands out. unfortunately, being objective is not how we operate in Africa. we like big names playing for big clubs. so Yaya will take it.
  • Reeves says:
    November 18, 2011 04:45 pm
    i think Asamoah Gyan has been cheated. CAF be fair
  • Hohoho! says:
    November 18, 2011 04:56 pm
    CAF has nothing to do with this award...It says the BBC African Player of the Year.
  • Denizz says:
    November 18, 2011 05:04 pm
    I think it's between yaya and gervinho. Dede must wait for 2012.
  • kwame rastah says:
    November 18, 2011 05:04 pm
  • Aprilove says:
    November 18, 2011 05:08 pm
    100% behind you....totally true...its time for africa to start evaluating correctly...dede stands out for real..young n successful in his career!
  • albert quansah says:
    November 18, 2011 05:11 pm
    i think andrea ayew derserve it a young player helping is club to win french cup super cup and also club bestplayer and played major role for his country to qualify nations cup
  • Aprilove says:
    November 18, 2011 05:11 pm
    go Dede....the sky is the limit n its tym 4 ppo to learn how to for the successful player both nation wise n club wise...Andre hav got them all!
  • pofka says:
    November 18, 2011 05:42 pm
  • kwame-Blazefame says:
    November 18, 2011 05:54 pm
    How is he cheated...if he plays a division way lower than any of the players selected. I think he knows he doesnt deserve and I dont know what u are talking about.
  • kwame-Blazefame says:
    November 18, 2011 05:56 pm
    Tell me what Gervinho did that makes it him and yaya?....Dede's accomplishment at the club level along makes him the favorite. Yaya is the favorite at this but time ii time.
  • kwame-Blazefame says:
    November 18, 2011 05:57 pm
    Is an African thing or it just bbc trying to make Africa look bad...becuz the website aint working. please come back later, what is dat????
  • Pulock says:
    November 18, 2011 06:05 pm
    Andre Morgan Dede Ayew for sure!!!
  • Lord Dennig says:
    November 18, 2011 06:33 pm
    It is time to put the computer to work. Let all football loving people and the Ayew loving fans in Ghana and worldwide show their love and vote for Ayew. I am still waiting for the day when all the three Ayews play for the Black Stars. God bless our homeland Ghana. And make our nation great and strong- bold to defend forever..............
  • mobnoah says:
    November 18, 2011 06:39 pm
  • Agyengo says:
    November 18, 2011 06:44 pm
    i think Ayew deserve it
  • William Ofori-Attah, Worcester, MA. U.S says:
    November 18, 2011 08:17 pm
    Please, count four or five paragraphs under their pictures and you will see " Click here to cast your vote " and then follow the instructions. Please, do not vote twice or your votes will be disqualified. Thanks.
  • mikki mills says:
    November 18, 2011 09:04 pm
    please mr editor the bbc site is not working for us to vote for our man andrew ayew why ........
  • pacific says:
    November 18, 2011 09:09 pm
    i just voted for dede here is the site site
  • pacific says:
    November 18, 2011 09:11 pm
  • pacific says:
    November 18, 2011 09:13 pm
    please for dede
  • Bemol says:
    November 18, 2011 09:37 pm
    If it is individual award them andre ayew merit it best player in om said it all and kpb should be here instead of eto and keita.
  • Bemol says:
    November 18, 2011 09:47 pm
    If it is individual award them andre ayew merit it best player in om said it all and kpb should be here instead of eto and keita. Pacific ur reward is 4rm god thanks i have casted my vote gudluck andre ayew.
  • R Abbey says:
    November 18, 2011 10:00 pm
    Dede will not win any award this away.Toure will win boht awards.
  • R Abbey says:
    November 18, 2011 10:23 pm
    I just voted for Yaya Toure
  • bornblack germany says:
    November 18, 2011 10:25 pm
    @ R Abbey u agaain? why u hate this farmily ? yester j Ayew . today his bro...
  • King Wise Don Fuzzy says:
    November 18, 2011 10:26 pm
    This what I hate about Ghanaians,from politics to work,to much talking while doing no implimentation. Ah! If u want somebody to win,why don't u go straight and do the voting or would the too much talking change anything? Mtcheew. I have done mine,have u? I hate to campaign so I wont tell u who I voted for but remember to be honest in the voting. I am a Ghanaian and I vote based on pure performance and nothing else.
  • kobby says:
    November 18, 2011 10:37 pm
    The BBC African Footballer of the year mostly goes to an English Speaking country, whiles the CAF footballer of the year goes to French Speaking country's. Reason is simple BBC is more tilted to English speaking Fans than The French. So GO DEDE, GO AYEW
  • Denizz says:
    November 18, 2011 11:00 pm
    In terms of objectivity, Gervinho deserves the award. This is a guy who scored 18 goals in all compitition and made over 10 assist playing for a small club like lille. He also made more assist in the AFCON qualifiers than any other player.Anyway, it will be nice to see a Ghanain win the award so am voting with my heart. Hope Dede wins!
  • onevim says:
    November 19, 2011 02:49 am
    i have problem with Michael Oti Adjei what is he saying on bbc site? is yaya toure is better than ayew come on
  • Bemol says:
    November 19, 2011 05:46 am
    What has yaya toure done? What city did as of them was because of david silva,tevez,hart,kompany,rechard and u can't find any of their name of the ballon di'or but coming to africa we can access on xcelence even keita that doesn't play 4 barca is mentioned best player in marseile is no joke.
  • red says:
    November 19, 2011 09:24 am
    its btn yaya n dede,i tell u..wer from gervinho?
  • chaleboii says:
    November 19, 2011 01:20 pm
    What happend to the nationality switches of Lloyd Sam( midfield), Marvin Peersman(left back) and Phil Ofosu Ayeh ????? those stories began early this year..since newss......?????
  • chaleboii says:
    November 19, 2011 01:31 pm
  • chaleboii says:
    November 19, 2011 01:33 pm
  • Kojo Moscow says:
    November 19, 2011 01:37 pm
    It's not about being objective here, it's about voting.. So all Ghanaians should just vote for Ayew and that's all.. help in the campaign
  • Abare says:
    November 19, 2011 04:41 pm
    Dede deserve de award. anytin less than dat means ders corruption.. pz someone help me how to vote. wen u click de link u wil only c deir profile but no place to vote.
  • NII says:
    November 19, 2011 05:27 pm
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  • kwalife says:
    November 19, 2011 06:58 pm
    Just voted for Dede. Good luck....
  • williams kanor says:
    November 20, 2011 10:00 am
    well i think dede should be the winner of this award.dede is very young but has proove that age has nothing to do with performance,this will help the young players to sacrifice more.
  • Atindow Musah says:
    November 20, 2011 03:53 pm
    Ayew, I support u! Go all out for it!
  • Nene Martey says:
    November 30, 2011 01:17 pm
    Ayew, I support you 100%. Go all the way!
  • Felix Amoako Attya says:
    December 06, 2011 02:45 pm
    Oh Dede, you the one now,wao the miner is you keep it you will captain Ghana Bleck star one day.You make the youth proud by bringing the first under 20 cup to Ghana.You make Africa proud so you deserved it.You have already won