Yaya Toure, Drogba up for African player award
Ivory Coast trio Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Gervinho were
among 10 footballers nominated for the African Player of the Year
award on Wednesday.
The three English Premier League players were joined by 2010
winner Samuel Eto’o and Ghanaian internationals Andre Ayew, Asamoah
Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng on a list announced by the
Confederation of African Football.
Moroccan forward Adel Taarabt, Senegal striker Moussa Souw and
Mali midfielder Seydou Keita were also nominated.
The winner will be decided by a vote of Africa’s national team
coaches and announced at a Dec. 22 ceremony in Accra, Ghana.
Botswana striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane headed a list of 10
players in contention for the best footballer based in Africa after
he was the top scorer in African Cup of Nations qualifying to lead
his country to next year’s tournament for the first time.
Samir Aboud, Libya’s 39-year-old goalkeeper, is also in the
running after the North Africans defied political upheaval at home
to reach Africa’s top tournament.