Drogba favoured for top award

2012-11-23 18:52

Accra - Five players were on Friday announced as contenders for African player of the year, including the Ivory Coast's Didier Drogba, who helped guide Chelsea to the Champions League trophy.

Drogba, now at Shanghai Shenhua in China, and compatriot Yaya Toure, of English champions Manchester City, join Senegal's Demba Ba, of Newcastle United, Marseille's Ghana forward Andre Ayew and Cameroon's Alexandre Song, of Barcelona on the list.

The five were selected from a long-list of 10 players, the president of Ghana's football federation, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who also sits on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), told a news conference.

The ceremony for the African "ballon d'or", run by the CAF, is due to take place in the Ghanaian capital on December 20.

Drogba took the title in 2006 and 2009 while Toure won in 2011.


  • mmoledis - 2012-11-23 19:06

    Those players deserve those awards because they are proud of being Africans as they can not refuse to play for their countries even though they have got millions compare to what their countries offer them if they play there, they are proud of being Africans and lastly proud of being citizens of their respective countries, unlike in South Africa when a player perform good abroad and start to get good money, then they no longer want to play for their country and that shows also that they are not patrotic to their countries as they are only after money, and as such we will not have even one day have a South African being nominated for such awards because of their pride.

  • sibusiso.biyela.52 - 2012-11-23 19:58

    ya he did exceptional wel. he deserve it.

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-11-24 05:37

    Benni McCarthy helped Porto win the champions league in 2004 but was not even in the top 5 for this award because he doesn't speak french

  • machoene.kaizer - 2012-11-24 12:07

    This top 5 players they derseve it cus when they play for their country they play like they also earn millions.I prefer mr yaya as the best player in africa

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