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
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
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.”