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Disaster as shambolic CAF snubs Ayew in final shortlist for African Player of the Year award

Published on: 05 December 2012

CAF’s African Player of the Year award descended into a farce on Wednesday when Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew was dropped from the final three-man shortlist for the gong.

Dubious nominations by CAF, which have scandalized the award for many years, hit a new low when Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, who achieved absolutely nothing this year, was named in the final three.

He will compete against Ivorian striker Didier Drogba and his compatriot Yaya Toure for the top prize.

This naming of the final three comes quick on the heels of the condemnation CAF received when they excluded Zambia captain Chris Katongo, who played a pivotal role in the Chipolopolo’s winning the Africa Cup of Nations title for the first time early this year.

The naming of Song in the final three is likely to spark fresh condemnation of CAF while the BBC’s version of award will continue to rise in status and respectability.

Ayew, 22, was in the hunt to claim Africa’s most prestigious personal accolade after being named in an initial five-man shortlist for the award which will be handed out on December 20.

The Olympique Marseille enforcer was however snubbed in the final shortlist in preference to the Ivorian duo of Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and surprising of them all, Cameroonian Alexander Song.

Ayew’s snub is another slap in the face of Ghanaian players for global awards following the failure of Christian Atsu and Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu to make the shortlist for Europe’s Golden Boy Award and the FIFA Goal of the Year Award respectively.

This means Ghana’s wait to win the African Player of the Year award since Abedi Pele last won it in 1993 is further extended.

This year’s awards ceremony which will be held in Accra, Ghana sees last year’s winner Yaya Toure in pole position to successfully defend his crown against two-time winner Didier Drogba and rookie nominee Alexander Song.


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  • Askantwi says:
    December 06, 2012 01:29 am
  • texas says:
    December 06, 2012 01:44 am
    Good point but please STOP the notion that the mistake or wrong done by a single Black person is the representation of the entire Black race. Treat or criticize people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin. Hayatu and his CAF should be held responsible for their decisions and actions, not Black People in general.
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  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 06, 2012 08:01 am
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 06, 2012 08:09 am
  • Obonsi says:
    December 06, 2012 01:59 am
    Dede is an average player..nothing extraordinary!!!
  • Kwesi says:
    December 06, 2012 04:59 am
    Are we giving the award for the best team manager or best player? Maybe Chris katongo should compete for the best coach if his performance was in leadership. Players play football, and that is what is recognised not leadership. I don't think Messi is a better leader than Carles Puyol, but who gets the awards?
  • Kwesi says:
    December 06, 2012 05:20 am
    Whoever calls Dede an average player knows nothing about football. It is rather the coaches that are average. The best performance of Dede was under milo and salas Tetteh. Remember the role salas Tetteh played Dede in during the youth WC in Egypt? That is what's a coach should do to bring out the glory in a talented player. The same problem is being faced by Kojo Asamoah. He plays so well in the middle but is used on the flanks and when he struggles they complain that he isn't good enough. Put Messi in defence and see whether he would perform.
  • Kwesi says:
    December 06, 2012 05:08 am
    You are saying this because you don't have the means to watch French football. Andre powered his club to the 1/4 final of the Champions league. His performance in the Afcon wasn't bad either. He performed above average despite his shoulder injury. 16 goals is no mean feet for a midfielder. The Ivorians were exceptional but the Cameroonians were non participants even with their calibre of players. Song played well for Arsenal and what else? Anyway CAF has the right to do its selection and no one can complain. It is about time we created a commonwealth African award.
  • NEZA says:
    December 06, 2012 04:51 am
    I agree with u my br.
  • KWAME PITO says:
    December 05, 2012 09:25 pm
    I wish Ghanasoccernet can publish the exact steps or criteria CAF uses to select players for the award. If there is no ordered criteria but just gut nominations then that is wrong.
  • Jade black says:
    December 05, 2012 08:50 pm
    With Issa Hayatu still remaining president of Africa n football,we should always expect this..taking decision in favour of these french speaking countries..WHAT DID song do better than Ayew to deserve a place in the final 3 nominees for Africa footballer of the year ??
  • Papa says:
    December 05, 2012 09:06 pm
    This is becoming a farce. Song in the top three of African players? The voters must have been members of a geriatric ward.
  • Mannie says:
    December 05, 2012 09:09 pm
    What is Drogba doing in there? He is no longer playing competitive football......
  • kuukuphilly says:
    December 05, 2012 08:36 pm
    We should not allow them to host in accra again.they should take it ivory coast next time.
  • Aboki Cattle Rearer says:
    December 05, 2012 07:56 pm
    Dede didn't even deserve to be among the five chosen.Good riddance!
  • deathrow says:
    December 05, 2012 07:59 pm
    Dede Ayew, doesn`t even deserve to be in the 5-man short list nor 3 man shortlist,so do Alexander Song. Christopher Katongo has been rubbed. Alex Song was marvelous for Arsenals last season but at the national level, he and his country failed not only their citizen but Africa as a whole. Dede didn`t perform and still not doing enough his brother Jordan has become someone that Marcel now depend on when it matters most. But he was not a failure for Ghana at the AFCON. But Chris (General, Commander) Katongo, Oh my God. Has been exquisite for the Zambians, he get the players in order and also score goals when it matters most, he is a true leader and he has been doing excellent with his China team. The guy deserve the best CAF will be ashamed of them selves.
  • Kay says:
    December 05, 2012 07:30 pm
    Ghana, the SOLE flag bearer for Africa both in 2006 and 2010 senior World Cup, made Africa proud. When it comes to award, we are always overlooked. POOR AFRICAN FOOTBALL MANAGEMENT BY CAF. NO WONDER WE ARE NOT RESPECTED GLOBALLY AS BLACK PEOPLE.
  • abu says:
    December 05, 2012 07:10 pm
    huuuum. With Issah Hayatu still president of caf then no wonder if one ask why? I hope there is no hidden agender. God knows the best but Andrea should have been named among the last 3 instead of Alex song
  • Assisi says:
    December 05, 2012 06:49 pm
    Awam. Sham and bias CAF bosses.
  • Wasky says:
    December 06, 2012 09:02 am
    Hahahaa!!! so funny isn’t it??? Issah Hayatou at his best again on corruption. My fellow Anglophones,please do not be surprised by the inclusion of Alexander Song in the final three because the only thing that has been consistent in the CFF (Confederation of Francophone Football) is their inconsistency in fighting corrupt Hayatou. Always he want everything to go to the French. What is his pedestal for the inclusion of Song in the last three?? is it because he got a transfer from Arsenal to Barcelona or what???I think it is time for the Anglophone countries to protest against this corrupt Francophone administration led by that corrupt Hayatou. Or I think it is time that Hayatou should publicise the criteria used to select players for this prestigious award of our beloved continent [email protected] Ife I think you are a pimitive ape living in the jungle of Cameroon that is why you are talking like a cave man/woman . Does a player earn a personal accolade just because he is been transfered from a small club to a big club??? then this award is to be given to Michael Essien since he was transfered from Chelsea a big club to Real Madrid another big club. And again what did Song also achieved?? is Song not a midfielder like Ayew??? how many goals did he score for Arsenal during his time at Arsenal??? and do not tell me he is a defensive midfielder because every midfielder is a midfielder Cameroon APE.
  • Ok says:
    December 06, 2012 07:31 am
    Plz Ghanasoccernet spear us this bullshit. For 5 years now, i been hearing Real Madrid, Arsenel, Liverpool, Tottehem, Bacelona etc want to buy Adrew Ayew but the last time i check, he still playing in Marseille his father former club earning 10,000 euro while his mate is in big clubs earning 150, 000 pounds and above weekly. Victor Wanyama of Kenya is Playing in Celtic and big clubs are looking for him. Chelsea bought 21 years Victor Moses of Nigeria from Wigan and his currently earning 50,000 pounds weekly. Song is not good but Bacelona the best club in the world bought him from Arsenal. Football is not liars and propaganda. If a player is good, big club will buy him amd pay him big money. Adrew Ayew is an average player, period.
  • Ok says:
    December 06, 2012 06:33 am
    Who is Adrew Ayew to compared with Song. If Adrew Ayew is not an average player, let him play for better leagues, not primary school league like French League. Song play for Bacelona, the best club in the world.
  • Kay says:
    December 05, 2012 10:23 pm
    Are you not ashamed of what you've written? Katongo's club is relegated, he is going to playing in lower division in the next season. Ask yourself, why couldn't Katongo help them to escape relegation? You are bashing Dede because of jealousy. Katongo is an AVERAGE player, and they come in hundreds in Africa.
  • MUSAH FIFA says:
    December 05, 2012 10:06 pm
    what is Disaster here? he is among the five best African players, so what is Disater ? GSN you hate this Ayew family too much, when something is small you make it big, and when you love something no matter how bad is it you make it beautiful, where are those players praise, have they get to the last five? Dede we are happy for you, for reaching to the last five.
  • old man says:
    December 05, 2012 11:29 pm
    Let's face it not many African players performed very well in the past year! Dede has been average for Marseille, he was the centre of the disruption in the Ghana camp at the AFCON, so what did he do to diserve being in the top 5? Yaya won the EPL and scored key goals and he also had a good AFCON... he deserves to win. Drogba won the CL.... Song was one of the best players for Arsenal last season and deservedly transfered up to Barca. Who else is there to nominate? Emmanuel Mayuka who has only scored 3 goals at club level since February?
  • JNR says:
    December 06, 2012 02:15 am
    This should be re-named the FRENCH SPEAKING AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR. Damn i mean nobody recognises this bullshit award anyway
  • Papa says:
    December 06, 2012 04:02 pm
    If Ghanaians were ahead in education and socialization, they would not use user names like the derogatory one by which you identify yourself.You don't belong on any decent blogs, you belong in the jungle. Change your user name, you might just advance a micro-centimeter in wisdom.
  • Ife says:
    December 05, 2012 11:39 pm
    Who is ghana? Are dey a country/state/province in jupiter? Or a village in Dr congo? And morover did u player deserve it? And wat have they achieved? So pls stop critisising CAF 4 removing his name because striker from somalia league don't win africa best player
  • Ife says:
    December 05, 2012 11:43 pm
    Who is ghana? Are dey a country/state/province in jupiter? Or a village in Dr congo? And morover did u player deserve it? And wat have they achieved? So pls stop critisising CAF 4 removing his name because striker from somalia league don't win africa best player.
  • Schywee says:
    December 06, 2012 02:07 pm
    Black Juju, you questioned dede's achievements but list achievements of Alex as helping arsenal...well helped arsenal achieve what precisely?.....Cos from my understanding both his club and country achieved notting last year. Point is your emphasis on achievement is flawed...but then again you wouldn't know a thing about what's flawed and what's not yeah?
  • nana says:
    December 06, 2012 01:30 pm
    how many games has song played for barca? EXACTLY Has song gone to a world cup at 20 and be named 2 best young player in the tournemnt. Has song been named man of the match in any match in AFOCN Better yet has song even scored a goal, or carried his team in AFOCN. I thought not, please don't insult Andre like that that boy gets big headed at times and does have an ego issue at times but thre is no doubt he is far beyond an average player.
  • nana says:
    December 06, 2012 01:25 pm
    exactly what I was thinking mate. kmt if a ghanaian will win it in the future it just might be Andre becasue of his french connection. CAF = France
  • nana says:
    December 06, 2012 01:22 pm
    I GET YOUR POINT AND AGREE BUT THERES A FEW ERRORS HERE. Let me break it down.. In terms of Dede no doubt that guy was better than song last season and if they believe song was top 3 then dede has a strong case. On the topic of my guy kwadwo asamoah, he does not play in the middle for club, his genious manager Conte has deployed him in a left wing back position where he is given license to bomb fwd however he is equally as important in tracking back to make a 5 man defence, by far this has been his most useful position as we all know he has energy to burn, tecnical abilites beyond most black stars which allows him to provide good crosses as shows he has top 3 assists in serie A, and his skills which allow him to play as a winger in this position. QUESTION TO ALL??? Do we not say we have a left back problem, as reingforced by the AA, and do we not have amazing centre back? we then why dont we play juves formation of 3 centre backs and two wing backs, this formation will allow our left back issue to dissapear and someone like opare or inkoom will actually be comfortable on the right as there is not so much pressure defensively. I know I have gone of topic but it neeed to be said.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    December 06, 2012 01:10 pm
    black juju or wutever u call urself y dont u reveal ur true identity so we can talk.u piece of shit tell me what drobga has done for his chinese club lately,the fact is the fact so bear it and leave us the **** alone or get ready for more.they alwaaaaaaays favor the french,katongo should have even been picked ahead of drogba so tell me thats not biase..bull shit..
  • ash pee says:
    December 06, 2012 01:00 pm
    fucking foreigner. just shout your fucking mouth ok
  • Zambia is our toilet hole says:
    December 06, 2012 12:58 pm
    Ife, I can only say ou are a big fool in you are on planet earth and never know about Ghana.Obama though originates from Kenya could only visit Ghana as a simble to show how Important and developed Ghana is.Ghanaian are educated and are far ahead 99 percent of the African world in terms of politics,education,socialization ,reputation,economy,football you name it.Unlike most wartorn African zones of which Congo has never been exception.Ask yourself why America ,the most developed nation in the world would only choose Ghana for their first black president to visit?What is the connection?This should even let you know how foolish and illiterate you are.If you are educated as me and can write better English as mine respond.Idiot.
  • ash pee says:
    December 06, 2012 12:53 pm
    **** off!!! what do you know about football? what did Alex Song do eh? is it moving to Barce or what? people like you know ****-all about the game but keep making stupid comments
  • Black Juju Stars a.k.a Trokosi Voodoo says:
    December 06, 2012 10:52 am
    Ghanaians are sentimental people, when something do not favour them, they will cry like small baby. Andrew Ayew isn't even average, he is a poor player, playing in a poor club and poor league. My question to u propaganda, lair sentimental, senseless Ghanaians is who is Dede Ayew? Which big club do Dede play? How much is Dede earn weekly? What did Dede Ayew achieved last season? Drogba won CL and FA cup and reach AFCON final this year, Mikel Obi no matter how u Ghanaians hate him won CL and FA cup and Chelsea FC yesterday sign another 5 years contract with him, now he is earning 120,00 pounds weekly . Yaya Toure won EPL last season and also help Ivory Coast to reach this year AFCON final. Song help Arsenal last season and his now in Bacelona, the best club in the world. Plz Ghanaians no matter how sentimental u people are, remember foot wear have sizes.
  • Richie says:
    December 06, 2012 10:19 am
    Fake shortlist what is song doingthere at all? Hayatou what exactly is wrong with you.. You piss me off. Listen sensible shortlist Drogba,Katongo and Ayew. Its not a crime to change your corrupt behaviour ok hayatou!
  • KKAYS says:
    December 06, 2012 09:48 am
    My top three would be 1.Chris Katongo 2.Dede 3.Toure.. Drogba, alex just names!!!!!!
  • chris says:
    December 06, 2012 09:41 am
    why do you guys worry urselves with this act from caf. they are only trying to protect their interest here dats all.anglophone countries are better than them all.