The Confederation of African Football has announced a list of ten African footballers, from which the continent’s top footballer of 2012 will be selected.
On that list is Nigerian/Chelsea Midfielder, John Mikel Obi, who has attained more success with Chelsea than with Nigeria’s Super Eagles, winning European Champions League and an FA title. He is the only Nigerian left in the race for the top prize.
Other players listed for the Award include; Alex Song (Barcelona/ Cameroun), Andre Ayew (Marseilles/Ghana), Christopher Katongo (Henan Construction/Zambia), Demba Ba (Newcastle/Senegal), Gervinho (Arsenal/Cote d’Ivoire), Didier Drogba (Shehua/Cote d’Ivoire), Pierre-E Aubanmeyan (St Etiene/Gabon), Yaya Toure (Man City/Cote d’Ivoire), Younes Belhanda (Montpelier/Morocco).
No Nigerian player was listed among the five players remaining in the run for Africa- based Player of the Year.
CAF’s Technical, Football and Media committees have decided on the current shortlists which will now be passed to head coaches and technical directors from CAF member associations whose votes will decide the eventual winners.
The top three nominees are to be announced in the last week of November. Ivorian Yaya Toure was voted 2011 African Player of the Year, while Tunisian Oussam Darragi was crowned last year’s African Player of the Year- Based in Africa. The GLO-CAF Awards Gala 2012 will be held in Accra, Ghana at the Banquet Hall, State House on December 20th.
CAF said other categories for which winners will be announced at the Gala are as following: National Team of the Year, Women’s Footballer of the Year, Women’s National Team of the Year, Club of the Year, Most Promising Talent of the Year, Coach of the Year, Referee of the Year. Others include: Legend Award, Fair Play Award, Platinum Award and Africa Finest XI.