The five leading contenders for the prestigious African Footballer of the Year Award sponsored by telecommunications company, Globacom, will today know if they will remain in the race for the crown to be relinquished by Togoâ€™s Emmanuel Seyi Adebayor.
The unveiling of the top three will be made at the Holiday Inn in Accra, Ghana, today, by the former vice-captain of Ghana Black Stars, Tony Baffour and President of Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi, who are the star guests at the event.
The announcement to be made at an event put together by sponsors, Globacom Limited, and the organizers, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), will also see the emergence of nominees for all other categories including Young Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Club of the Year and Inter-Club Player of the Year amongst others.
Nigeriaâ€™s Victor Ikpeba unveiled Cote dâ€™Ivoireâ€™s Didier Drogba, Ghanaâ€™s Essien Michael, Cameroonâ€™s Eto Samuel, Maliâ€™s Keita Seydou and Cote dâ€™ Ivoireâ€™s Toure Yaya as the top five nominees in Lagos in December 2009. An official of Globacom explained that the involvement of these former players is in recognition of their contribution to the global prominence enjoyed by current African players.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will on the occasion announce the top three nominees voted by the National Team Coaches of CAF member Federations and Baffour, who played international club football at the highest level, will be on hand to announce the nominees.
â€œGlobacom recognises and appreciates the contributions of Africaâ€™s great players in the past who laid the foundations for the successes of the heroes we celebrate today. We will continue to explore all opportunities to celebrate these illustrious former players and sustain their relevance as role models for todayâ€™s playersâ€, the company said in a press release.
â€œThis is the second step in the process of selecting the winner of the prestigious Glo-CAF Awards which will culminate in the crowning of the winner at a ceremony on March 11, 2010â€, explained Suleiman Habuba, the Communications Director of CAF.