By Patrick Akoto
Rahim Ayew believes his junior brother Andre deserves to win the coveted African Player of the Year award ahead of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba.
The 22-year-old is the only Ghanaian shortlisted for the individual award where is expected to battle it out with 9 other nominees.
The second of Ghana legend Abedi Pele played a pivotal role for Marseille last season where he made 39 appearances and scored 16 goals for the French Lique 1 outfit despite struggling with a shoulder injury.
He was also a key member of the Black Stars squad that placed fourth at the 2012 African Cup of Nations held in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea.
He will however face stiff competition from Ivorian trio Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Gervinho.
Zambian icon Christopher Katongo as well as John Mikel Obi, Alex Song and Demba Ba are all in the reckoning for the top award.
But the Lierse midfieder thinks Andre will be a worthy winner.
“I think he deserves it and so they should give it to him. He had good season and so given him the award will serve as a morale booster for him ahead of the Nations Cup,” Ayew told Radio ZYZ
“The young players should also be encouraged by given the award to Andre. I seriously believe if you look at what he’s done in the past three years or so he deserves this award.
CAF is expected to prune the number down to three in the last week of November with the ceremony scheduled to take place in Ghana’s capital, Accra on December 20.