African Footballer Of The Year Award: It's Gyan Or Eto'o?


By Taiwo  Adelu

Egypt’s capital city will be agog tonight as the Confederation of African Football, CAF names its 2010 African Footballer of the Year.

After holder, Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast is ruled out of contention in the Glo-CAF Award, it is now a straight fight between Cameroon and Inter Milan of Italy star, Samuel Eto’o Fils and Ghana and Sunderland of England’s youngster, Asamoah Gyan.

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Eto’o, who had won the award thrice between 2003 and 2005, has a lot of things going for him to clinch the prestigious African award.  The Indomitable of Cameroon star player was voted top player at the Club World Cup after Inter’s 3-0 final win over African champions TP Mazembe of Congo. Though Cameroon could not make a good outing at the last World Cup in South Africa, he won the UEFA Champions League with Inter under Coach Jose Mourinho last season.

Gyan, however, has his superlative performance at the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup as one of his strong points in the race for the award to night. He was a star player in the Black Stars’ historic feat that saw the former Gold Coast  qualifying for her first quarter final ever in the World Cup. Gyan, who in August this year signed a record £13 million transfer fee with Sunderland, has been a toast of the club in the English Premier League. The Ghanaian player also was also named winner of the BBC African Footballer of the Year on Friday.

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