Gyan out, Dede Ayew in for 2011 BBC African Footballer Award
Ghana and Olympique Marseille playmaker, Andre Dede Ayew is among five candidates shortlisted for the 2011 BBC African Footballer of the Year award, the broadcaster revealed on its Sport Today programme November 18, 2011.
According to the BBC, last year’s winner Asamoah Gyan narrowly missed out on the shortlist.
Andre Dede Ayew will battle for the award with Ivorian pair Yaya Toure and Gervinho, Cameroonian Samuel Eto’o and Seydou Keita of Mali.
The BBC noted that Dede Ayew, one of Ghana’s key players, helped Marseille to win the French League Cup and Super Cup.
The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until December 9, 2011 to vote for their choice, says BBC. Voting for the award will take place via text and online.
The winner will be announced a week later on 16 December on the BBC’s Sport Today programme.
By Ekow Quandzie
This young player is consistent, skillful and is not proud like most of the other african players we have seen in recent time. He is very respectful to all. He is one of the african players I admired a hold lot….bravo Ayew.
If only u know his father then u will understand. They are game winners. Now u will be called lil maestro