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Mamadou Gaye lashes at CAF over Song's inclusion for Player of the Year Award

Published on: 08 December 2012

African football expert Mamadou Gaye says Alexander Song’s inclusion in the final shortlist for the African Player of the Year award smacks of nepotism of the highest order.

The Barcelona benchwarmer emerged as a surprise candidate for the prestigious personal accolade as a preferred choice over Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Zambia captain Christopher Katongo.

The 25-year-old in the season under review failed to qualify his country for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations while also winning nothing with his then club Arsenal.

The defensive midfielder despite this shambolic record made the final cut for the award which would be handed out in Ghana on December 20 alongside the Ivorian duo of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba.

The development has drawn widespread criticisms of the award with many believing it’s credibility is totally lost – a view shared by Gaye – a sworn enemy of Ghana football.

But on this score, the Ivorian football expert agrees with the general view of the shameful nomination of Song – going further to state it was influenced by CAF President Issa Hayatou who is also a Cameroonian.

“The criteria is that Song is a Cameroonian and Hayatou (Issa) is a Cameroonian. As simple as that,” he said on the weekly Soccer Africa show.

Gaye’s assertion was unanimously shared by co-panelists Ida Peterside and Thomas Kwenaite who unanimously again predicted Didier Drogba to win the award.

Comments and contributions made by viewers across Africa was nothing less than shameful for the African football governing body especially with the omissions of Ayew and Katongo who can point to at least one achievement in the year under review.

Zambia’s historic Nations Cup feat in Gabon and Equatorial guinea was largely inspired by Katongo who scored three goals in that tournament.

Ayew on the other hand also emerged joint top scorer for the Black Stars who reached the semi finals of the last AFCON.


    December 09, 2012 11:55 am
    THIS CAF PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD SHOULD BE SCRAPPED. AS LONG AS Hayatou remains at the helm of CAF, African football will be mired in controversy. If it is not scrapped, Hayatou must go; if he does not go, then future boycotts of this nepotism-tainted award will be in order. Enough already!
  • kwame-blz says:
    December 09, 2012 07:53 am
    bbc award ii determine the clear African best...winning that is more credible.
  • andrew from nigeria says:
    December 08, 2012 09:53 pm
    mamadou gaye has said something sensible for the first time. Both dede and song dont deserve to be in d list at all.
  • Great says:
    December 08, 2012 07:15 pm
    It is clear that Ayew was robbed by caf for song!
  • kayblaze says:
    December 08, 2012 06:35 pm
    CAF AND ALL HIS EXECUTIVES IS JUST VOLTA REGION AND NDC,,,,,,..Ghana for that matter Africa will never grow until...........
  • never say die says:
    December 08, 2012 06:39 pm
    u are a fool u were photocopied noy born why this bulubulu talk
  • edward, maryland says:
    December 08, 2012 06:50 pm
    Question is, how educated are those in charge of making the selections/cuts? One needs a certain level of education to make an informed choice. They are destroying the significance of this award.