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Samson Siasia agrees to Kontongo's snub for CAF gong

Samson Siasia agrees to Kontongo's snub for CAF gong

Christopher Katongo snubbed by CAF for African Footballer of the Year award

By Ameenu Shardow

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia agrees to the exclusion of Christopher Katongo from the final shortlist for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year.

The Zambia captain steered the Chipolopolo to their first Nations Cup title earlier this year in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The 30-year-old also emerged the Most Valuable Player at this year’s tournament but still fell short of making the final cut for the prestigious accolade.

Rather, the Ivorian duo of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba were named in the final list.

It is however the inclusion of Cameroon midfielder Alexander Song in place of Katongo that has been heavily criticized.

Many believe the Barcelona player didn’t do enough in the year under review to come ahead of the China-based midfielder.

But ex Nigeria coach Siasia has backed CAF’s shortlist – saying very little has been heard of Katongo since excelling at the Nations Cup.

“He did very well, but after the Nations Cup we never heard of him,” Siasia said.

“And I think this is one thing the judges were looking at.

“I don’t know how they do the selection but I think your performance at your club is also a major factor.”

Winner of the flagship award amongst other honours will be handed out at the CAF awards gala on Thursday night in Accra.

Katongo has however been recently named the BBC African Footballer of the Year – an award which was held by Ghana international Andre Ayew and voted for by the fans.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. bawah says:

    WORST OF ALL HE IS NOT FROM FRANCOPHONE AFRICA!

  2. bawah says:

    TRUE THROUGH TRUE:AYEW WON THE JUNIOR AFCON AND THE JUNIOR WORLD CUP!HE ALSO PLAYED THE SENIOR AFCON TO THE FINAL (WON BY EGYPT) AND WORLD CUP SEMIS! NEVERTHELESS HE WON THE BBC PLAYER OF YEAR AWARD.

  3. Am in love with Ghana says:

    Can Samson tell me what Drogba has done after the AFCON,can he tell me what Song has done after the AFCON of which he never played,lets be realistic,Chris might not have the award but he deserved to make the shortlist,CAF is not for the west only. Siasia needs to shut his mouth. He failed as a super chicken coach, now he wants some attention? Puh…Lease! i think its because of ignorant chaps like yourself that hayatou is still in CAF.

  4. Am in love with Ghana says:

    Samson, do u watch the chinese league? the answer is obviously no, research fooool!

  5. KWAME PITO says:

    “He did very well, but after the Nations Cup we never heard of him,” Siasia said.

    well siasia, you will hear of him when Nigeria plays Zambia at Afcon 2013. Damn, this team of average players are becoming a threat

  6. One Andy says:

    can Samson tell me what Song has done after the AFCON which he never played?lets be realistic,Chris might not have the award but he deserved to make the shortlist,CAF is not for the francophone only.Besides the Chinese league is not publicised like other European leagues.Mr Siasia you will definately hear of him when Nigeria and Zambia clash at AFCON 2013.Its a pity you failed as Nigeria coach otherwise i would have loved to see your face when these two nations clash next year

  7. @9geria says:

    Siasia, you are Foolish, incompetent and a failure who failed Nigeria when most needed. Because of you, we failed to qualify to 2012 AFCON. You better go and start coaching dogs. It’s like coaching now has gone to the DOGS nowander we failed under your leadership.