Andre Ayew And Christian Atsu Make 50 Man Shortlist For African Player Of The Year Award

Christian Atsu
Christian Atsu

Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu are the only Ghanaians to make it onto the fifty man list for the African player of the year award for 2015.

The two wingers, who appear for  Swansea City and Bournemouth respectively in the English Premier League, both make the list after their heroics at the last African Cup of Nations, where they helped Ghana finish second. Atsu was adjudged the overall best player of the entire tournament.

Conspicuously missing is Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan, who scored three goals at the Cup of Nations and continues to lead the Black Stars in their impressive qualifying campaign so far.

The Ivorian Yaya Toure, who has won the last four awards, leads a four man contingent from the African champions that include Gervinho, Serge Aurier and Max Gradel.

The 50 man list would be cut down to 10 next month, before a final list of three for the awards ceremony early next year.

No Ghanaian player has won the award since Abedi Pele in 1992, although Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan have come close in recent years.

Below is the 50man shortlist for the 2015 African player of the year award…

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Nigeria), André Ayew (Swansea City, Ghana), Aymen Abdennour (Valencia,Tunisia), Baghdad Bounedjah (Étoile du Sahel, Algeria), Basem Morsi (Zamalek, Egypt), Christian Atsu (Bournemouth, Ghana), Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich, DR Congo), El Arbi Hillel Soudani (Dynamo Zagreb, Algeria), Faouzi Ghoulam (Napoli, Algeria), Férébory Doré (Angers, Congo), Gervinho (Roma, Ivory Coast), Ibrahima Traoré (Borussia Mönchengladbach, Guinea), Javier Balboa (Al-Faisaly, Equatorial Guinea), Héldon Ramos (Rio Ave, Cape Verde), Mame Diouf (Stoke City, Senegal), Max Alain Gradel (Bournemouth, Ivory Coast), Mehdi Benatia (Bayern Munich, Morocco), Modather Al Tayeb (Al Hilal, Sudan), Mohamed Salah (Roma, Egypt), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille, Cameroon), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund, Gabon), Robert Kidiaba (TP Mazembe, D.R Congo), Rudy Gestede (Aston Villa, Benin), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City, Algeria), Sadio Mané (Southampton, Senegal), Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain, Ivory Coast), Seydou Keita (Roma, Mali), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia, Algeria), Stéphane Mbia (Trabzonspor, Cameroon), Thievy Bifouma (Granada, Congo), Victor Wanyama (Southampton, Kenya), Vincent Aboubakar (Porto, Cameroon), Vincent Enyeama (Lille, Nigeria), Yacine Brahimi (Porto, Algeria), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace, DR Congo), Yasine Chikhaoui (Al-Gharafa, Tunisia) and Yaya Touré (Man City, Ivory Coast)


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