Cameroonâ€™s Samuel Etoâ€™O Fils has made a come-back to contention for a historic fourth title of the African Footballer of the Year Award as he made the list of top three nominees for the 2009 Glo-CAF Awards with Ivory Coastâ€™s Didier Drogba and Ghanaâ€™s Michael Essien.
Maliâ€™s Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast dropped off the final list, having earlier been named in the top five category announced last December.
The list of nominees was handed over to the former vice-captain of the Black Stars of Ghana, Tony Baffour, by the CAF Communications Director, Suleiman Habuba, to announce at a press conference yesterday at the Holiday Inn in Accra, Ghana. Nominees for various other categories including Best Player on the Continent, Coach of the Year, Young Player of the Year, Club of the Year and National Team of the Year were also made public at the conference attended by the Ghana Deputy Minister of Sports, Nii Nortey Dua and the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr. Kwesi Nyantakyi.
In a message read on his behalf at the event by the CAF Communications Director, the CAF President, Issa Hayatou, expressed satisfaction with the confederationâ€™s partnership of with Globacom.
â€œOur partnership with Globacom has added greater impetus and clout to the awards. Globacom has in our reckoning lived up to the expectation of taking African football to greater heights in the last five years through a consistent and meticulous approach to organising a very excellent awards ceremony in different cities of Africaâ€, Hayatou said in reference to the efforts made by the company to have nominees attend the event.
â€œThe last edition of the awards witnessed an unprecedented presence of global football administrators led by the FIFA President, Mr. Sepp Blatter, and Globacom has consistently deployed resources to deliver a world class event. I am extremely delighted that the feat was achieved by an African companyâ€, said the CAF President.