CAF: African player of year list ‘fictitious’

A list of 17 African stars supposedly nominated for the

continent’s 2010 player of the year award was a fake and not

released by the African Football Confederation.

CAF said in a statement late Tuesday it had nothing to do with

the list, which included Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan, Chelsea and

Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba and South Africa’s Steven

Pienaar, and was widely reported as the official nominees.

”The attention of the Confederation of African Football has

been drawn to a fictitious list purporting to be that of nominees

for the 2010 Glo-CAF Player of the Year Awards,” the statement

said. ”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.

”We therefore urge the general public and the football

community to disregard the said list circulating in some media

circles.”

The fake list also named three-time winner Samuel Eto’o

(Cameroon), Michael Essien (Ghana), Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo),

Mohamed Zidan (Egypt), Marouene Chamakh (Morocco) and Majid

Bougherra (Algeria).

The origin of the list was yet to be determined but it was

reported by websites and newspapers across Africa following its

release on Monday.

CAF said it had always announced player of the year nominees

through ”scheduled media events” and the same procedure would be

followed in 2010.

The body said it would release the real nominees for Africa’s

player of the year ”in the days ahead.”