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16.01.2009 Football News

Essien, 2 Others Fight For Africa Best

By Daily Guide
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Emmanuel Adebayor and Michael Essien ONCE AGAIN, Black Stars kingpin Michael Essien has been short-listed for the Glo African Footballer of the Year award for 2008.

The Chelsea star who is currently recovering from a nagging injury, faces stiff competition from two other players in the race to be named African Player of the year.

This comes after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) narrowed down the five-man list to three yesterday.

Essien, Egyptian Mohamed Aboutrika and Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor were named from a list of five players that included another Egyptian Amir Zaki of Wigan and Essien's club mate Ivorian Didier Drogba.

According to the continent's football controlling body, the final three for the Glo-CAF Player of the Year across the world and other award categories were decided following votes from the head coaches of the 53 national associations affiliated to CAF.

Essien thus makes the final three on three successive occasions. He placed third in both the 2006 and 2007 awards.

Mali's Fredrick Kanoute won the 2007 award.
The awards ceremony earlier scheduled for January 23 in Senegal will now take place in Nigeria on February 10, the same time as the CAF General Assembly.

Final shortlist
Glo-CAF Player of the Year (Across the World)
Emmanuel Adebayor
(Arsenal and Togo)
Michael Essien
(Chelsea and Ghana)
Mohamed Aboutreika
(Al-Ahly and Egypt)
2. Glo-CAF Player of the
    Year (Across Africa)
Ahmed Hassan
(Al-Ahly and Egypt)
Flavio Amado
(Al-Ahly and Angola)
Mohamed Aboutreika
(Al-Ahly and Egypt)
Stephen Worgu
(Enyimba FC and
Tresor Mputu Mabi
(T.P. Mazembe and
DR Congo)
3. National Team of the            
4. Club of the Year
Al-Ahly (Egypt)
Club Sportif Sfaxien            
Coton Sport
5. Young Player of the  
Salomon Kalou
(Chelsea and Cote
Stephane Mbia (Stade
Rennais and
Victor Obinna Nsofor (Inter Milan and Nigeria).
6. Women's footballer of
    the year
Alice Mattlou
(South Africa)
Genevova Anonma
(Equatorial Guinea)
Ngo Ndoumbouk
Marlyse (Cameroon).
7.  Coach of the Year
Alain Oumbledon
Hassan Shehata
(Egypt national team)
Jose Manuel (Al-Ahly) By Charles Nixon Yeboah

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