Good news today is that three Newcastle United players have been nominated for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year award, however the bad news is that another 31 players have also been nominated – nothing like narrowing down the choice is there?
Yaya Toure – won 2011 African Player of the Year
But our three African players Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote, have been included in the list, which gets reduced to a 10 man list at the end of October, and the winner will be announced sometime in December.
Both Senegal strikers had good seasons at Newcastle with Demba Ba hitting 16 premier league goals and Papiss Cisse hitting 13 in 14 appearances for Newcastle from February last year, after he joined from SC Freiburg for around £9M.
And Demba Ba of course has continued on this season with 6 goals, and is Newcastle’s top goal-scorer at the moment, and Papiss Cisse has notched another two goals for Newcastle in that famous number 9 shirt of his.
And Cheick Tiote has become one of the best defensive midfielders in the Premier League, although he’s been out with injury most of this season, and has not played too many games.
It would be great if one of the Newcastle players can win the award, and for the record, Manchester City’s top midfielder Yaya Toure won the African Footballer of the Year award for 2011.
Here are some other past winners of the award:
2010 – Samuel Eto
2009 – Didier Drogba
2008 – Emmanuel Adebayor
2007 - Fredric Kanoute
2006 - Didier Drogba
2005 - Samuel Eto
2004 - Samuel Eto
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