Asamoah Gyan is not among the best 34 players in Africa!
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan was a shock exclusion from CAF’s preliminary 34-man list for the African Football of the Year.
Africa’s governing body released its list for this year’s award on Thursday and the exclusion the UAE-based striker has raised eyebrows in many quarters.
The exclusion of Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon has also been criticised as many players on the list did not match up to the performances of the two stars this year.
Gyan, who ended up as the top scorer in the UAE league, was left out even though he was also key when the Black Stars reached the semi-final Cup of Nations in January.
He has already hit the ground running in the UAE top-flight so far this season scoring seven times in three appearances.
CAF said in a statement that it will announce the top 10 nominees for the African Footballer of the Year and the top five nominees for African footballer of the Year (based in Africa) by late October.
The names of the respective 10 and five finalists will then be sent to national associations, head coaches and secretary generals to select the top three finalists.
The awards, which also include Coach of the Year and Club of the Year will be announced at a ceremony on 20 December in the Banquet Hall, State House in the Ghanaian capital Accra.
Nominees for African Player of the Year:
Abdelaziz Barrada – Getafe (Spain) and Morocco
Adel Taarabt – Queens Park Rangers (England) and Morocco
Alain Sibiri Traore – Lorient (France) and Burkina Faso
Alexander Song – Barcelona (Spain) and Cameroon
Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew – Marseille (France) and Ghana
Arouna Kone – Wigan (England) and Ivory Coast
Aymen Abdennour – Toulouse (France) and Tunisia
Bakaye Traore – AC Milan (Italy) and Mali
Cheick Tiote – Newcastle United (England) and Ivory Coast
Christopher Katongo – Henan Construction (China) and Zambia
Demba Ba – Newcastle United (England) and Senegal
Didier Drogba – Shanghai Shenhua (China) and Ivory Coast
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu – Udinese (Italy) and Ghana
Emmanuel Mayuka – Southampton (England) and Zambia
Foxi Kethevoama – FC Astana (Kazakhstan) and Central African Republic
Gervinho – Arsenal (England) and Ivory Coast
Hilaire Momi – Le Mans (France) and Central African Republic
John Obi Mikel – Chelsea (England) and Nigeria
John Utaka – Montpellier (France) and Nigeria
Kwadwo Asamoah – Juventus (Italy) and Ghana
Moussa Sow – Fenerbahce (Turkey) and Senegal
Nicolas N’koulou – Marseille (France) and Cameroon
Papiss Demba Cisse – Newcastle United (England) and Senegal
Pape Moussa Konate – FC Krasnodar (Russia) and Senegal
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – St Etienne (France) and Gabon
Rainford Kalaba – TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Zambia
Seydou Doumbia – CSKA Moscow (Russia) and Ivory Coast
Seydou Keita – Dalian Aerbin (China) and Mali
Sofiane Feghouli – Valencia (Spain) and Algeria
Stoppila Sunzu – TP Mazembe (DR Congo) and Zambia
Victor Moses – Chelsea (England) and Nigeria
Yaya Toure – Manchester City (England) and Ivory Coast
Younes Belhanda – Montpellier (France) and Morocco
Youssef Msakni – Esperance (Tunisia) and Tunisia