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02.01.2007 Football News

Eto'o again in line for African PoY Award

By Ababio, Akwasi
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Samuel Eto'o was named among the three candidates for the 2006 African Player of the Year Award, putting him in contention to win the title for a record fourth straight year.

The Confederation of African Football announced its short list Sunday, featuring the same players as last year.

Cameroon striker Eto'o, who is currently injured and out of action with FC Barcelona, was named alongside Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba and Ghana midfielder Michael Essien, both of whom play for English champion Chelsea.

The trio was nominated in a vote by African national team coaches and the winner will be announced March 1 in Accra, Ghana.

Eto'o helped Barcelona to one of the best years in its history in 2006, winning a second straight Spanish league title and the European Champions League.

Drogba, who helped Chelsea win the English league for a second straight year, leads the Premier League scoring charts this season with 13 goals and has scored five in seven Champions League matches.

Only Liberia's George Weah and Ghana's Abedi Pele can match Eto'o's three African Player of the year titles, with only Pele equaling Eto'o in winning for three straight years - from 1991 through 1993.

Last year, Eto'o scored 108 points to secure a narrow win over Drogba, with 106 points. Essien came third with 50 points.