African Player of the Year nominees   Leave a comment

Name: Ahmed Musa
Club: CSKA Moscow (Russia)
Date of Birth: October 14, 1992
Country: Nigeria
He was a member of the Nigeria squad
that won the 2013 Orange Africa Cup of
Nations and also featured at the FIFA
Confederations Cup later in Brazil. With
CSKA Moscow, Musa won every title in
Russia – League, League Cup and the
Super Cup during the 2012/2013
season, scoring five times in the
process. He has scored five times for
his club in the ongoing 2013/2014
Name: Asamoah Gyan
Date of Birth: November 22, 1985
Country: Ghana
Club: Al Ain (United Arab Emirates)
As captain of the Black Stars, he was
the top marksman for the team in the
World Cup qualifiers with six goals. He
also scored once as the Stars placed
fourth at the Africa Cup of Nations in
South Africa. Gyan has had a stellar
year emerging top scorer for the
2012-13 UAE Pro-League firing 30
goals and powering Al Ain to the title.
He has also scored eight times in six
appearances in the 2013-14 season.
Name: Didier Drogba
Date of Birth: March 11, 1978
Country: Cote d’Ivoire
Club: Galatasaray (Turkey)
At 35, Drogba has yet to lose his shine,
scoring three goals as the Elephants
reached a third successive World Cup
appearance. The striker has bounced
back from a disappointing spell in China
and has been banging the goals in
Turkey. He scored five in 13
appearances during Galatasaray’s
triumph in the 2012-13 season. In the
current season, Drogba has scored
nine times in all competitions for
Galatasaray including the UEFA
Champions League.
Name: Emmanuel Emenike
Date of Birth: May 10, 1987
Country: Nigeria
Club: Fenerbahce (Turkey)
Emenike is currently Nigeria’s most
reliable face in attack. He was
topscorer (4 goals) at the Africa Cup
of Nations in South Africa where the
Super Eagles emerged champions. He
has recovered from an injury that kept
him out of the FIFA Confederations Cup
in Brazil to put Nigeria within sight of a
place at next year’s World Cup,
scoring thrice in the process. With
Fenerbahce, he has scored three times
in the 2013-14 “Turkish Super Lig”.
Name: John Obi Mikel
Date of Birth: April 22, 1987
Country: Nigeria
Club: Chelsea (England)
Mikel is enjoying probably his best
moment in football. A regular with the
star-studded Chelsea, he played an
influential role in the buildup to the
2013 UEFA Europa League crown. In
September 21 this year, he broke his
goal duck in the English Premier
League with his first goal in 185
matches in a 2-0 win over Fulham. Also,
he netted a cracker against Uruguay at
the FIFA Confederation Cup in Brazil in
July besides claiming a gold medal with
the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of
Nations. He was also instrumental for
Nigeria in the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Name: Jonathan Pitroipa
Date of Birth: April 12, 1986
Country: Burkina Faso
Club: Stade Rennes (France)
Pitroipa was the star of the Burkina
Faso team that reached the final of the
2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South
Africa. His red card against Ghana at
the semis drew so much controversy
before CAF eventually overturned it,
making him eligible for the final. He was
adjudged the Most Valuable Player of
the tournament. He also scored three
times in Burkina Faso run to the World
Cup Playoffs. A regular for Stade
Rennes, he has made 10 appearances
in the current season but yet to score.
Name: Mohamed Aboutreika
Date of Birth: November 7, 1978
Country: Egypt
Club: Ahly (Egypt)
At the twilight of his career,
Aboutreika yet again proved he is
nowhere near the finish line. He scored
six goals for Egypt in the 2014 FIFA
World Cup qualifiers including one on
his centenary appearance with the
Pharaohs against Guinea. With Ahly, he
was the pivot as the Egyptian giants
retained the CAF Champions League
title scoring in both legs in the final. He
scored five times in the campaign as
Ahly cruised to an unprecedented
eighth title despite the absence of a
football competition in Egypt in two
Name: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Date of Birth: June 18, 1989
Country: Gabon
Club: Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Aubameyang was on target three times
for Gabon (a hat-trick against Niger)
during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
qualifiers as Les Panthers failed to
reach the Playoffs. His was however
been in superb form at club level. He
emerged second top scorer in Ligue 1
with 19 goals during 2012-13 season,
and also guiding Saint Etienne to the
Coupe de La Ligue (French League Cup)
. In July, he joined German side
Borussia Dortmund and has scored
eight times in all appearances. He also
won the German Super Cup with
Dortmund after a 4-2 win over Bayern
Name: Vincent Enyeama
Date of Birth: August 29, 1982
Country: Nigeria
Club: Lille (France)
The achievement of Nigeria cannot be
mentioned without the name of
goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. The shot-
stopper is arguably the finest on the
continent after superb showings at the
Africa Cup of Nations, FIFA
Confederations Cup in Brazil and the
2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He was
named the safest pair of hands as
Nigeria won the continental crown in
South Africa earlier in the year. He
also made a name himself with Lille in
the French “Ligue 1” having not
conceded since September 15; with an
eye-popping 14 clean sheets from 16
games and 1035 minutes in total.
Name: Yaya Toure
Date of Birth: May 13, 1983
Country: Cote d’Ivoire
Club: Manchester City (England)
Winner of the last two editions of the
African Player of the Toure is still at
his peak. He scored two goals including
a spectacular free-kick against Tunisia
at the group stage. Though the
Elephants failed to go past the
quarters, he has served the pillar of
the Ivorian team in the 2014 World Cup
qualifiers, netting four goals in the
process. At Manchester City, he is a
cult figure and has been the driving
force for the club. For the current
2013-14 season, the midfielder has
found the back of the net five times in
11 games.


Posted December 6, 2013 by arsenalwonder in Uncategorized

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