Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has been excluded from the final three-man shortlist for the 2013 Africa Footballer of the Year award but youngster Ebenzer Assifuah is in the hunt for the Young Player of the Year award.
Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure will compete with his compatriot Didier Drogba and Nigeria’s John Obi Mikel for the top prize, CAF revealed on Tuesday.
Gyan, who is the captain of the Ghana national team, led the Black Stars to their third successive World Cup appearance last month by scoring the highest number of goals in the qualifiers.
His performances also for his club Al Ain resulted in him being named among the top five for the award but was excluded from the list of the final nominations.
But Ghana will be represented at the award by U20 striker Ebenezer Assifuah who was the top scorer at the U20 World Cup in Turkey in the summer.
The awards are annually handed out by Africa’s football governing body as they seek to reward the best players and teams on the continent.
With regards to the African Player of the Year, a final three of Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and John Obi Mikel have been selected, while Ahmed Fathy, Mohamed Aboutrika and Sunday Mba are the trio nominated for the African-based African Player of the Year award.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates, who made it through to the final of this year’s CAF Champions League, are nominated alongside the eventual winners, Al Ahly, and CAF Confederation Cup champions, CS Sfaxien, for the Club of the Year award.
Other awards up for grabs and the nominees are:
National Team of the Year
Youth National Team of the Year
Fair Play Award
Coach of the Year
Most Promising Talent
Papa Bakary Gassama
The winners will be announced at the GLO-CAF Awards Gala on January 9th which will be held in Lagos, Nigeria.