Dede wins top award in France

Dede ayewGhana’s Andre Ayew has been named the 2015 Marc Vivien Foe award winner which is for the best African Player in the French Ligue 1.

He beat Ivorian Max-Alain Gradel (Saint-Etienne) and Tunisian defender Aymen Abdennour who plays for Monaco.

Ayew will receive his award on Monday evening by Radio foot International on RFI (Radio France Internationale).

The Olympique Marseille’s ace replaces Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama who won the award last year after his exploits with Lille.

Ayew has scored ten goals this season and helped Marseille to fight for a qualification to Europe as they lie fourth on the table.

In another development, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) ban on Black Stars’ defender, Jonathan Mensah after ruling that his move to Evian TG from Udinese in 2011 was illegal, Ghana is likely to lose his services.

The Black Stars could be without influential Mensah in its opening 2017 AFCON qualifier because of the four-month ban handed the defender.

Mensah joined the French club as a free agent but CAS has ruled he was still under contract with Udinese.

Evian TG have consequently been fined a million Euros to be paid to Udinese as compensation while Mensah had been handed a worldwide football ban.

The punishment which takes effect from April 29 and expires at the end of August means the defender is ruled out of Ghana’s opening 2017 AFCON qualifier against Mauritius on June 14.

This has served as a double blow to Mensah whose club, Evian TG, were relegated from the French top flight on Saturday.

The CAS is however yet to send an official notice of Mensah’s ban to the Ghana Football Association.

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