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.