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Ayew not shattered by CAF Player of the Year award snub

Published on: 07 December 2012

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew says he is not shattered not to have made the final cut for the CAF African Player of the Year Award.

The 22-year-old was hoping to emerge king of African football at the second successive time of asking after being named in an initial five-man shortlist.

He was however overlooked for the prestigious personal accolade as the Ivorian duo of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba were the preferred candidates alongside Cameroonian Alexander Song.

Ayew’s snub has drawn a lot of criticisms over the credibility of the awards especially with the emergence of Song who won absolutely nothing with his club and failed to help Cameroon qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Many believe the Olympique Marseille player deserved the spot more than the Barcelona benchwarmer.

But the second son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele says he is not disappointed with his omission especially with the missed opportunity to win it before his home crowd.

“I am not disappointed at all, remember I am just 22,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“I have more years ahead of me and I believe I will be back there again.”

Though enduring a thoroughly disappointing season last term with his French club, Ayew was one of the few bright spots in the Ghana team that placed fourth at the last AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

His two goals in that tournament out of a total five made him joint top scorer of the side alongside then-captain John Mensah.

The 2009 U-20 World Cup winner has however started the current season in explosive fashion for Marseille who are now just two points behind Ligue 1 leaders Olympique Lyon.

Comments

  • Sam says:
    December 08, 2012 04:51 pm
    Issa hayatou and his caf will never stop corruption thats why his country cameroon is still the way it is, and they will never host any tournament in that country as long as he is still the caf president. Of all the achievement cameroon has acheived in football, they only have one national football stadium. And that looks like shit. Has anybody ever wonder why cameroon never hosted any tournament b4, when the caf president is from cameroon.
  • Sam says:
    December 08, 2012 04:49 pm
    Issa hayatou and his caf will never stop corruption thats why his country cameroon is still the way it is, and they will never host any tournament in that country as long as he is still the caf president. Of all the achievement cameroon has acheived in football, they only have one national football stadium. And that looks like shit.
  • BENNY says:
    December 08, 2012 11:36 am
    Dede's injury has slow him down a bit.He needs a better club.
  • Chipolopolo Die Hard says:
    December 08, 2012 10:55 am
    CAF, especially Hayatou is rotten. What has song done for his country? He is a hero of failing to qualify his country to the AFCONs 2012 and 2013. What a shame to Africa.
  • Dready says:
    December 08, 2012 06:03 am
    Humble urself and work hard like ur father did.
  • Kenneth County says:
    December 07, 2012 10:51 pm
    Well Dede, AFCON 2013 will be your first point of call to prove to the CAF that they were wrong in their decision. Just continue to work hard, because I believe you still really yet to realise your potential. Wish you and your Black Star team mates tons of MOTHER LUCK to finally bring the Holy Grail home.