In Accra Ghana last night, the 2012 Football Awards for the African continents were announced at a pseudo-glamorous Glo-CAF Awards Gala. The votes from head coaches of national associations affiliated to CAF determined the winners.
Manchester City’s YayaToure defeated Shanghai Shenuha Didier Drogba and Former Arsenal Midfielder, Alex Song to take home the African Footballer of the Year Award. The Ivorian Midfielder has now won the award for the second time after helping City win the EPL last season.
Zambia won the National team of the year following their exploits in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea where they won the Nations cup while their coach, HerveRenard won the coach of the year. Al Ahly won the Club of the year after winning the CAF Champions League.GenovevaAnonma was adjourned women’s Footballer of the year for her exploits for club and country.
The Africa Best XI areLutunuDule (Congo), Ahmed El-Basha (Sudan), WalidHicheri (Tunisia), StoppilaSunzu (Zambia), Ahmed Fathi (Egypt), Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt), Alex Song (Cameroon), YounesBelhanda (Morocco), Didier Drogba (Cote d’Ivoire), and Christopher Katongo (Zambia).
Meanwhile, veteran Egyptian Mohammed Aboutrikawon the African Player based in Africa award edging out Arsenal target StopillaSunzu. The Zambian Sunzu plays for TP Mozambe and is said to join Arsenal soonest. But reports are saying that Reading have high jacked the deal.
Sunzu had a trial with Reading in 2008 but he wasn’t signed due to work permit issues. Now a regular in the Zambian set-up, Sunzu has no workpermit issues but the icing of regular football may have oiled his way to Majedski. However Arsenal is reported not to have helped their cause by offering less money than Reading.
With about 32 appearances for the copper bullets as the Zambian national team is called, Stopilla can play as a center half, a defensive midfielder and can score goals
Back to the awards, it is an aberration of football to rate Alexandre Song to be better than Christopher katongo. With Song on the final 3 shortlist, it tells that CAF is not serious. CAF is looking more francophone than continental. I can’tremember the last time an Anglophone African won the Award. The BBC award looks more credible with katongo winning.
It is pity that Gervinho and Chamakh are a shadow of their initial hype-self. When would Arsenal produce a world or continental or national best? When would a Nigerian carry that crown again? As a gooner and a Nigerian, the awards favour me not.