The race forÂ the 2009 Glo-CAF Player of the Year has narrowed down to the final selection of five nominees as the MediaÂ Committee and the Technical and Development Committee ofÂ the Confederation ofÂ African Football (CAF) have sent in their votes in lineÂ with the procedure forÂ the selection of nominees for the prestigiousÂ award.
SuleimanÂ Habuba, the CAF Director ofÂ Communications, said the nomination forms which were sent to all the 12 membersÂ of the Media Committee and 17 members of the Technical andÂ Development Committee have been returned. The committee members voteÂ for players in scores of 5-1 with five being the highest and one is the lowest.
The five players withÂ the highest points will be announced at a Press Conference in Lagos on Thursday, December 10.
He said thatÂ as usual, the nominations haveÂ been based on playersâ€™ performance for club and country from January 2009Â till date and that the nominations cover all AfricanÂ players in European and the domestic African club leagues.
â€œTheÂ nomination is just the beginningÂ of the process of selecting nominees for the prestigious Glo-CAF AwardsÂ ceremony as the five highest scoring nominees will beÂ forwarded to all theÂ national team coaches of CAF member federations for their voteâ€, HabubaÂ explained.
Togo international andÂ former Arsenal forward, Emmanuel Adebayor, who now plays forÂ Manchester City, is the reigning Glo-CAF Player of the Year.
Adebayor, whoÂ was crowned inÂ Lagos at a colourful ceremony attended by the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, and other World football leaders, piped Ghanaâ€™sÂ Michael Essien to second place.
The awards ceremony sponsored byÂ telecommunications giant, Globacom, has been held in Abuja, Accra, Lome andÂ Lagos. The venue for theÂ 2009 edition will be announced at the press conference.