Katongo wins BBC top award

2012-12-18 11:59

Johannesburg - Christopher Katongo has been named BBC African Footballer of the Year after leading outsiders Zambia to 2012 Cup of Nations glory in Gabon.

The 30-year-old striker skippered Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets) to victories over Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan and Ghana before they pipped Ivory Coast in a penalty shoot-out in the final.

Nobody outside the landlocked southern Africa country gave Zambia a chance of winning the greatest prize in African football but China-based Katongo played with an unquenchable spirit that rubbed off on his team-mates.

Katongo topped a worldwide poll among BBC viewers, listeners and Internet users, beating Ivory Coast duo Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, Moroccan Younes Belhanda and Demba Ba of Senegal.

"This is a fantastic moment for me. I thank the people who voted for me. It is something I will never forget in my career," the humble, widely respected Katongo told the BBC.

Katongo fell out of the race to be voted CAF African Footballer of the Year after making the final 10. The winner will be named on Thursday in Accra, with Drogba, Toure and Cameroonian Alex Song the finalists.


  • Harris - 2012-12-18 12:28

    Congratulation to chris Katongo 4 n award #BBC African football of de year. Bt disappointed with CAF 4 nt giving credit 4 wat de Colonel has achieved. It's suprising 2 c de name of Alex Song who has nothing to show as achievement

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-18 12:55

    As I have said before there will be no South African player to win any of such awards because of they are not patrotic,they can not serve their country with pride and honour they are only after money,so they will go no where in winning such awards.They are not committed to their country so they will too be side lined by the entire world,even CAF awards they will never get them as they are not good in getting them.

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