Andre Ayew named for BBC African Player of the Year award
Ghana midfielder Andre Dede Ayew is among the five candidates for the 2011 BBC African Footballer.
The Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure and Gervinho as well as Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o andMali’s Seydou Keita also made the shortlist.
The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 9 December to vote for their choice.
Voting for the award will take place via text and online.
The winner will be announced a week later on 16 December on the BBC’s Sport Today programme.
BothManchesterCitystriker Yaya Toure and Arsenal midfielder Gervinho starred forIvory Coastas they qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations by winning all their matches.
Toure scored the winner for Manchester City as they won the FA Cup while Gervinho was instrumental in Lille’s double inFrancebefore he moved to Arsenal.
Ayew, who is one of Ghana’s key players, helped Marseille to win the French League Cup and Super Cup whileMali’s Seydou Keita was part of Barcelona’s historic Champions League winning team.
Eto’o netted 21 goals for Italian side Inter Milanbefore leaving for Russian Anzhi Makhachkala in August and has scored seven goals in eight matches so far this season.
The shortlist was determined by a panel of experts across Africawho took into consideration individual skill, technical ability, teamwork, consistency, impact on results and fair play.
“This shortlist reinforces the importance of African footballers toEurope’s top clubs. It will be intriguing to see who triumphs in the end,” the BBC’s African Football blogger Piers Edwards said.
Last year’s winner Asamoah Gyan narrowly missed out on the shortlist.