Ex-Ghana international Augustine Arhinful is the latest to lash out at CAF for ignoring Â Christopher Katongo's nomination for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year accolade. Â
The exclusion of the 30-year-old from the five-man shortlist has received massiveÂ condemnationÂ across Africa continent with many questioning the integrity of the awards.
The Henan Construction star played an influential role for less-fancied Zambia as they romped to a historic African triumph, beating giants Cote Dâ€™voire to win the 2012 African Cup of Nations title in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea.
The former Black Stars striker has waded into the controversy by lashing out at CAF for Katongoâ€™s snub and believes it is a proof of corruption in the system.
â€œSomething must be terrible wrong with the decision not to include him (Katongo),â€ Arhinful said
â€œIt simply beat imagination and logic. That for a player who inspired a whole nation to win the Cup of Nations is ignored, what are they Â are talking about.
â€œCAF should make theÂ criteriaÂ clear to us. The same thing happen when at a time that Sammy Kuffuor had Â won everything with Bayern Munich, the award was given to Diouf citing various reasons.
â€œItâ€™s not fair and it raises questions about the integrity of the awards.
Ivorian duo Yahaya Toure and Didier Drogba as well as Andre Ayew, Alexander Song and Demba Ba are in the reckoning for the African individual award.
The Awards ceremony is slated to take place in Ghanaâ€™s capital, Accra on December 20.