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Like father like son: Ghana’s Dede Ayew is 2011 BBC African Footballer of the Year

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Dede Ayew (left) receiving the BBC award from his father Abedi Ayew Pele. Photo credit: BBC

Ghanaian player, Andre Dede Ayew is the 2011 BBC African Footballer of the Year, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced December 16, 2011.

According to the BBC, Ayew, 21, took over a third of the votes cast. The Olympique Marseille play maker beat Yaya Toure, Gervinho, Samuel Eto’o and Seydou Keita to the title.

Ayew’s father, Abedi “Pele” Ayew, won the inaugural BBC award in 1991.

“I’m honoured and surprised to receive this prestigious award, especially considering the great players who have won it in the past,” the BBC quotes Ayew as saying.

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