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Ghana duo Gyan, Andre Ayew named among top African players at World Cup

Published on: 13 July 2014
Asamoah Gyan is among the top ten Africans at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Ghana duo of Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew have been named among the ten best African players at the 2014 World Cup by a French newspaper.

The poll by readers of Jeune Afrique named ten African players who excelled at the tournament in Brazil but excluded other top Ghana performers.

The result was dominated by players of Nigeria and Algeria who both made it to the second round of the competition in the South American country.

The best African player of the World Cup went to Algerian international Sofiane Feghouli who had (30.63%) of the votes with his compatriot Islam Slimani coming second while Nigeria goalkeeeper Vincent Enyeama placed third.

Asamoah Gyan placed 8th and was closely followed by Andre Ayew who were the other top performers from Africa at the World Cup.

The midfielder who plays for Spanish side Valencia had a very good tournament was one of the spearheads of the Fennecs.

Feghouli scored a goal against Belgium and delivered two assists.

Ranked second, is another Algerian: Islam Slimani.

The striker of the Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon had 24.30% of the votes.

With two goals and an assist, he was one of the great architects of the historic qualification of Algeria to the second round.

Ranked third with 20.44% of votes is goalkeeper Victor Enyeama of Nigeria impressed throughout the tournament for the Super Eagles. He produced high class saves in the match against France and the first round clash against Bosnia.

See the details of how people voted below

Several Ghanaian players like Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari and Harrison Afful were not named in the list.

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This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ibaby Jessy says:
    July 13, 2014 04:58 pm
    Oh come on guys they did what they had to do Congrats to both Gyan and Andre
  • Emma says:
    July 13, 2014 04:24 pm
    Noo wonder the frankofon countries have always been a thorn in the flesh of anglofon countries
  • Chukwe says:
    July 14, 2014 06:48 pm
    They are right, Algerian n Nigerian players excelled at the tournament thoughthey should Hv included Emineke n Musa as they cause a lot of havoc.
    July 16, 2014 03:20 am
    It was free and fair selection. All those selected really deserved it, they showed patriotism, love and exhibited good character for their nation. Not the Sully, Prince and Michael type of behavior. Bravo to them.
  • Draman Appiah says:
    July 13, 2014 02:25 pm
    After being knocked out early, no ghanain player should be named among the best. All ghanaian players where playing like imbecile dwarfs.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 13, 2014 02:49 pm
    @Dramam Appiah you are wrong.Nyantakyie will be the best player,because he "scored a lot of goals"
  • Adargo Staph says:
    July 14, 2014 02:09 am
    I voted Sulley Mutari among the Ghana side.
  • Atule Michael says:
    July 14, 2014 03:48 pm
    I think only de 2 of dem deserve to be in de list