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Ex-Ghana star Arhinful latest to blast CAF over Katongo's snub

Ex-Ghana international Augustine Arhinful is the latest to lash out at CAF for ignoring  Christopher Katongo’s nomination for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year accolade.  

The exclusion of the 30-year-old from the five-man shortlist has received massive condemnation across Africa continent with many questioning the integrity of the awards.

The Henan Construction star played an influential role for less-fancied Zambia as they romped to a historic African triumph, beating giants Cote D’voire to win the 2012 African Cup of Nations title in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea.

The former Black Stars striker has waded into the controversy by lashing out at CAF for Katongo’s snub and believes it is a proof of corruption in the system.

“Something must be terrible wrong with the decision not to include him (Katongo),” Arhinful said

“It simply beat imagination and logic. That for a player who inspired a whole nation to win the Cup of Nations is ignored, what are they  are talking about.

“CAF should make the criteria clear to us. The same thing happen when at a time that Sammy Kuffuor had  won everything with Bayern Munich, the award was given to Diouf citing various reasons.

“It’s not fair and it raises questions about the integrity of the awards.

Ivorian duo Yahaya Toure and Didier Drogba as well as Andre Ayew, Alexander Song and Demba Ba are in the reckoning for the African individual award.

The Awards ceremony is slated to take place in Ghana’s capital, Accra on December 20.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ghanaman says:

    a 38 year old bench warmer in the chinese 2nd division is not African player of the year quality… Zambia has a good team not top class players.

  2. kuukuphily says:

    They will always give it 2 French players.

    • Wasky says:

      Hmmmm kuuku you’ve said it all.Issah Hayatou is so corrupt that everything that African football has goes to the francophones.Even though Dede is among the five players to be pruned to three I will not be surprise they take him out.Because looking at the list of the five players all of them comes from the francophone countries with the exception of our own brother Dede.And even,Alexander Song for instance shouldn’t have made it this far,but to say it all he is there due to the corrupt administration of Issah Hayatou.This man with his corrupt delegation full of French people will never hesitate to axed Dede out and finally give the award to the French.Because since they dramatically gave the award to Diouf whiles even according to our own Osei Kuffour,a member from the CAF office called him to inform him that he has won the vote for the award Issah Hayatou ignored the vote and took the decision that the award should be given to Diouf simply because he is a Frenchman.God will judge this man one day for his corruptions.No wonder he did it at FIFA level.

  3. zee says:

    I don’t think this award should called Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Award, but rather it should be called Confederation Anglophon Africa Football (CAAF) award.Hayatou is never fair to Footballers from English Speaking African countries; How come Christopher Katongo is part of the last 5 nominees? Christopher Katongo deserved to be among the last five nominees than Song and even Demba Ba. Shame on you Issah Hayatou

  4. zee says:

    I don’t think this award should called Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) Award, but rather it should be called Confederation Francophon Africa Football (CFAF) award.Hayatou is never fair to Footballers from English Speaking African countries; How come Christopher Katongo is part of the last 5 nominees? Christopher Katongo deserved to be among the last five nominees than Song and even Demba Ba. Shame on you Issah Hayatou

  5. Nana Kwadwo says:

    The African best African player should be awarded to those playing in the African League not outside or the name should be changed to African players playing abroad.

  6. kwame pito says:

    so since when did the captain of a national team that wins Afcon suppose to be among African elite players?
    or is it because we disrespect zambia so much that the fact they won Afcon means their captain should be given African best. What have you people seen about the PLAYING STYLE of katongo apart from the fact that he is inspirational? the fact CAF made him come all the way to the 10man shortlist is enough recognition for a player of his calibre. I dont agree with CAF sumtimes but this time they are right.

    • Papa says:

      @Kwame, even if we were to remove Katongo from the list of 5, would Demba Ba and Alex Song deserve to be on the list? There are so many other African players that should be ahead of those two. If the top player at the African Nations Cup can’t be in the top 5, then the BBC African footballer of the year award makes more sense.

  7. kwara says:

    you might hate on katongo but the guy deserves that award and you all know that deep down your heart.i don’t care what you will say to me but song is a better player than katongo ‘but’ he doesn’t deserve that nomination for various reasons:
    -he hasn’t helped cameroon qualify to the last two africa cup of nations
    -he never won anything with his previous club arsenal,hence running to barcelona(guaranteed titles won by messi magic ;-))

  8. shawn rhemhy says:

    face the fact, what has alex song and demba ba achieved this year that makes them to be ahead of katongo. it seems players from french speaking countries will always be favoured…..

  9. Ghana slayers says:

    Am Zambian and am not supportuing katongo coz of being zambian. My Ghanian Intellectuals here are right. The award should have a different name unlike african player of the year when people like Ba and song never did anything noticeable to contribute to the good cause of african football. I have my friend here Paa Kwesi Akyeh who is more suprised on the way CAF handles these awards. Lets be proud of the african game and award people for contributing to the well being of african football. People like George weah , Kalusha Bwalya, rodger milla,antony ebo… and so on, were awarded not only for their expolits in europe but for their exploits at the african football stage. We want to put life into our african football not just abroad. Come africa we need not to be inferior to our great game. Lets us be proud of the african stage. I rest my case.