27th September, 2010
In what appears to be a further downward trend of Nigerian football, most of the countryÂ stars were missing in the nomination list of the 2010 CAF Player of the Year Award.
Interestingly, while Nigeria has only Obinna Nsofor, who is at West Ham United on loanÂ from Inter Milan of Italy, on the list, countries like Ivory Coast and Ghana have fourÂ players each on the list of nominees for the prestigious awards.
The last time a Nigerian won the continentâ€™s biggest individual accolade was in 1999 whenÂ Nwankwo Kanu was picked as Africaâ€™s top star. Kanu was also adjudged the continentâ€™sÂ foremost performer in 1996.
Chelsea ace Michael Essien leads the Ghanaian contingent alongside Asamoah Gyan, AsamoahÂ Kwadwo and Kevin-Prince Boateng.
Didier Drogba is one of four Ivorians being considered for the award. Others are SalomonÂ Kalou, Gervinho and Kolo Toure.
Other nominees are Samuel Etoâ€™o (Cameroon), Madjid Bougherra (Algeria), Steven PienaarÂ (South Africa), Mohamed Zidan (Egypt), Frederic Kanoute, Seydou Keita (Mali), MarouaneÂ Chamakh (Morocco) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo).
The list will be pruned later in the year.