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Asamoah Gyan shockingly excluded for Caf Player of the Year list

Published on: 05 October 2012

Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan was a shock exclusion from CAF's preliminary 34-man list for the African Football of the Year.

Africa's governing body released its list for this year's award on Thursday and the exclusion the UAE-based striker has raised eyebrows in many quarters.

The exclusion of Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon has also been criticised as many players on the list did not match up to the performances of the two stars this year.

Gyan, who ended up as the top scorer in the UAE league, was left out even though he was also key when the Black Stars reached the semi-final Cup of Nations in January.

He has already hit the ground running in the UAE top-flight so far this season scoring seven times in three appearances.

CAF said in a statement that it will announce the top 10 nominees for the African Footballer of the Year and the top five nominees for African footballer of the Year (based in Africa) by late October.

The names of the respective 10 and five finalists will then be sent to national associations, head coaches and secretary generals to select the top three finalists.

The awards, which also include Coach of the Year and Club of the Year will be announced at a ceremony on 20 December in the Banquet Hall, State House in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Nominees for African Player of the Year:

  1. Abdelaziz Barrada - Getafe (Spain) and Morocco
  2. Adel Taarabt - Queens Park Rangers (England) and Morocco
  3. Alain Sibiri Traore - Lorient (France) and Burkina Faso
  4. Alexander Song - Barcelona (Spain) and Cameroon
  5. Andre 'Dede' Ayew - Marseille (France) and Ghana
  6. Arouna Kone - Wigan (England) and Ivory Coast
  7. Aymen Abdennour - Toulouse (France) and Tunisia
  8. Bakaye Traore - AC Milan (Italy) and Mali
  9. Cheick Tiote - Newcastle United (England) and Ivory Coast
  10. Christopher Katongo - Henan Construction (China) and Zambia
  11. Demba Ba - Newcastle United (England) and Senegal
  12. Didier Drogba - Shanghai Shenhua (China) and Ivory Coast
  13. Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu - Udinese (Italy) and Ghana
  14. Emmanuel Mayuka - Southampton (England) and Zambia
  15. Foxi Kethevoama - FC Astana (Kazakhstan) and Central African Republic
  16. Gervinho - Arsenal (England) and Ivory Coast
  17. Hilaire Momi - Le Mans (France) and Central African Republic
  18. John Obi Mikel - Chelsea (England) and Nigeria
  19. John Utaka - Montpellier (France) and Nigeria
  20. Kwadwo Asamoah - Juventus (Italy) and Ghana
  21. Moussa Sow - Fenerbahce (Turkey) and Senegal
  22. Nicolas N'koulou - Marseille (France) and Cameroon
  23. Papiss Demba Cisse - Newcastle United (England) and Senegal
  24. Pape Moussa Konate - FC Krasnodar (Russia) and Senegal
  25. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - St Etienne (France) and Gabon
  26. Rainford Kalaba - TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Zambia
  27. Seydou Doumbia - CSKA Moscow (Russia) and Ivory Coast
  28. Seydou Keita - Dalian Aerbin (China) and Mali
  29. Sofiane Feghouli - Valencia (Spain) and Algeria
  30. Stoppila Sunzu - TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Zambia
  31. Victor Moses - Chelsea (England) and Nigeria
  32. Yaya Toure - Manchester City (England) and Ivory Coast
  33. Younes Belhanda - Montpellier (France) and Morocco
  34. Youssef Msakni - Esperance (Tunisia) and Tunisia


This article has 17 comment(s), give your comment
  • papsy says:
    October 05, 2012 07:24 pm
    Shockingly? what do you expect when he is playing in Al Ain. If he was that good he wouldn't have run away from the EPL. when every player is trying hard to test themselves in the EPL, he was running away from it. Just give us a break with this rubbish of a news
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    October 05, 2012 06:35 pm
    Truth is right. Only if he gets back to a serious football league, Gyan will be taken seriously again
  • The DON says:
    October 05, 2012 06:48 pm
    I am just amazed they can compare Gyan and Eto in an article...Gyan can't hold a candle to way!!!!...he was on the right path to do so whilst with SUnderland, but in the wilderness where he's gone to, he's secured his financial future, but no world laurels...
  • @GHgeordie says:
    October 05, 2012 08:26 pm
    Spot on! Well said, need i say more....Big ups folks
  • nana says:
    October 05, 2012 06:02 pm
    @truth,i support u 100%....ghanasoccernet is really loosing its credibility n image....hw cn u say asamoah gyan exclusion is a mistake...dnt u guys no dat glo premier league in gh is evn or far better than uae league????..dnt ghanasoccernet knows of dat.....i bet u,asamoah gyan is nt qualified to b in e squad...
  • BRUCE says:
    October 05, 2012 09:13 pm
    did they they say shockingly excluded..?GSN cme again
  • Desmond says:
    October 05, 2012 09:08 pm
  • kaara says:
    October 06, 2012 07:12 am
  • Liberia says:
    October 05, 2012 10:25 pm
    Well said brother!
  • kanda says:
    October 06, 2012 10:35 am
    disgruntled fans!!!
  • truth says:
    October 05, 2012 05:40 pm
    What is shocking about his exclusion???You guys better stop this sensationalism and concentrate on professionalism in your work.If we were to make a top 10 selection of the top 10 performing Ghanaians over the past year this mediocre striker will not even make it to the list how much more in Africa.I sometimes wonder if this site is a PR agency for some of the players or what.Instead of doing a poor PR job like this, you guys should rather spent some time advising him to up his game or move to a competitive league if he really wants to achieve any personal glory
  • truth says:
    October 05, 2012 05:41 pm
  • mickyboamah says:
    October 05, 2012 11:16 pm
    to be fair Gyan should be included in the selection.
  • Ghanaman says:
    October 06, 2012 01:54 am
    Some of you girls need to relax!! There are people who play in CHINA on the list! In fact 2 players who play in China!! Drogba and Keita!
  • Bra Kwame says:
    October 06, 2012 06:19 am
    Hey fat girl. Get your facts right. These guys are winding down their careers and they only joined this transfer window this year....the best footballer of the year is for last year. tenk yew.
  • Kwame Pito says:
    October 06, 2012 06:04 am
    The truth is Africa will rather encourage other players to make it than a player who sold his carreer thinking it belongs to only him. Ghana took gyan to the worldcup. we gave him a stage to market himself to promotion .when he had it, he sold it instead of building himself among the soccer elites to repay Ghana as royalty. Anywaypast is the past. lets move on. BUT SERIOUSLY GYAN NO TRY AT ALL. HE BE SELL OUT BIG TIME. Let them know!
  • Meeeee says:
    October 06, 2012 02:36 am
    I agree with DON. He has secured his financial future. U shd play in a competitive league like England, Italy, Spain, and France so he can be counted among the best. Uae is where most players retire...if he wants to win it he shd come back to a competitive league