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Caf disowns Player of Year list

Posted On Tuesday, 28th September 2010

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has disowned a purported list of players named for the 2010 African Player of Year which was originated by MTNFootball.com.

Kevin Prince Boateng was named in the Caf awards list

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has disowned a purported list of players named for the 2010 African Player of Year which was originated by MTNFootball.com.

The publication has seriously infuriated Glo, the sponsors of the event, who are archrivals of MTN in the telecommunications industry in West Africa.

MTNFootball.com, which is owned by South African giants MTN, published on Sunday that 17 players were included in the preliminary list that is dominated by Ghanaians and Ivorians.

The Ghanaian quartet of Kevin Prince Boateng, Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan were named in the list.

Other keys players like Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o, Seydou Keita and Emmanuel Adebayor were named in the list with Mikel Obi’s exclusion raising eyebrows.

The publication seems to have denied Glo the media publicity opportunity it gains from its scheduled events to unveil the list.

Caf, the continent’s governing body, has now distanced itself from the list insisting that it did not leak the information.

“CAF wishes to state clearly that the list did not emanate from its offices as there are known procedures for the listing of nominees for the awards,” Caf said in statement.

“In the last five years, CAF and Globacom Limited, sponsors of the award ceremony have consistently announced the list through scheduled media events and the same procedure will be followed for the 2010 awards nominees.

“In addition, such a list if authored by CAF and Globacom will be posted on the official websites of the two organizations and this has not been the case in respect of the list making the rounds.

“We therefore urge the general public and the football community to disregard the said list circulating in some media circles.

“CAF will in the days ahead use appropriate channels to unveil the list of leading nominees.”

With only Mikel Obi and Andre Ayew exclusions as the only exception, it is hard to believe that the list to be published by Caf would be any different.

Even though Caf has denied the list, it could have been leaked from the confederation’s headquarters or from some members of the body’s football committee which draws up the list.

MTNFootball.com are independent of the parent company as professional journalist run their football website.

But Glo officials are said to be enraged over the publication especially when their main rivals in key markets like Nigeria and Ghana published the list.

MTN have made serious inroads in the African football market via their soccer news website

MTNFootball.com is one of the leading websites on African football news which has given it the opportunity to enter the football sponsorship market without paying huge amounts of money.

The South African outfit was the sponsor of the Caf Africa Player of the Year as well as the African Cup of Nations and Champions League.

But Caf handed the award ceremony to Glo in 2008 while the Nations Cup and Champions League was given to Orange, a rival telecommunications firm mainly operating in French countries.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. jesse says:

    Whatever!We are all aware of the conspiracy theory going on in CAF always favouring french speaking players who don’t merit the awards.Hayatou and his cohorts are at it again.With Andre Ayew exclusions as the only exception, it is hard to believe that the list to be published by Caf would be any different.We wait and see as this drama unfolds!

  2. jesse says:

    Whatever!We are all aware of the conspiracy theory going on in CAF always favoring french speaking players who don’t merit the awards.Hayatou and his cohorts are at it again.With Andre Ayew exclusions as the only exception, it is hard to believe that the list to be published by Caf would be any different.We wait and see as this drama unfolds!

  3. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Fuck Issah Hayatou,fuck CAF!!

  4. mikki says:

    i was totally worry why Andrew names wasn’t in the first list but hope he will be in for the second list from cafe because the boy deserve to be there.National Team……….among the second runner up just ended edition.Exception at the world cup more than Drogber,eto etc.Club Level Qualify a first devision side to the premier devision in French.The boy is Good and deserve to be there.

  5. REDFIRE says:

    This story is a lesson to the fools operating on this website to stop the habit of jumping on the band wagon on the slightest issue without proper analysis. It is clear these people are not able to think properly nor think for themselves. Like sheep to the slaughter they just get involved attacking and criticising because that is all they can do because they are bereft of ideas, knowledge and lack the powers of proper reasoning. All they want is for somebody to put forth an idea and then without thinking they join the band wagon going in whatever direction the wind blows. No wonder the sensible ones have had to deal with so much rubbish because of the large gap between the higher educated and reasonable and the lower educated and plain dummies.

  6. Moore says:

    the circus is out. Here we are go again. The same month that Togo sent a ‘Ghost’ team to Middle East, CAF is distancing itself from a list which was alledgely prepared by CAF. Oh Africa!!





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