Ayew in contention for BBC award



GHANA and Swansea winger, Andre Ayew, is in contention for the BBC Best African Player of the Year which is set to be announced today 1530GMT.

The former Marseille winger is riding on the back of an excellent start at his new club where he has featured in all 15 league games and currently vying for Swansea Best Player for November.

He followed it with the Premier League Player for August as well as Best African Player in the Premier League same month.

Ayew was part of the five-man shortlist announced on November 14.

It includes Algeria’s and FC Porto’s Yacine Brahimi, the 2014 winner, Dortmund and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Senegal and Southampton’s Sadio Mane and Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City.

Three of this year’s shortlist, which was voted for by journalists from 46 African countries, will make it a double, having previously won it.

Ayew won it in 2011, Toure in 2013 and Brahimi while Aubameyang makes the shortlist for the third year running, with Mane in for the first time.

Despite Ayew’s excellent display with Swansea that has seen him score vital goals for the club against top clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United, February’s Africa Cup of Nations final defeat to Toure’s Cote d’Ivoire could switch the attention to Toure.

Toure remains the only player on the shortlist to lift a trophy this year as the 32-year-old captained Cote d’Ivoire to a first Nations Cup title in more than two decades.

He is key to Manchester City’s fortunes and his performances have been recognised by FIFA, which named him as the only African on its prestigious Ballon d’Or shortlist.

Aubameyang, comes nowhere near the two but finishing as Borussia Dortmund’s top scorer to create a new German record makes him a likely candidate.

In October, he became the first man to score in the first eight matches of a Bundesliga season, with his first 17 competitive games resulting in 20 goals – a run that included back-to-back hat-tricks.

At FC Porto, Brahimi has added goals to his stellar wing play, netting a career-best 13 last season, while helping Porto reach their first Champions League quarter-final in six years.

Southampton’s Mane needed just 176 seconds to score the fastest hat-trick in the 23-year history of the Premier League.

He has scored 10 goals and five assists in 29 Premier League games this year, a run made more impressive given the 23-year-old plays as an advanced midfielder rather than in the central striking role.

 By: Times Sports Reporter 

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