Ghanaian internationals, Thomas Teye Partey and Jordan Ayew have been excluded from the top-ten Africa Player of the Year Shortlist ahead of the 2019 CAF awards.
The Europe-based players made it to the 30-man shortlist released by the continent’s football governing body last month for impressing for their respective clubs and countries in the past year.
At the end of the first phase of the voting, both Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew have been axed from the top-ten of the shortlist for the Africa Best Player Award.
In the year under review, Partey was in good form for his Atletico Madrid side and helped them to enjoy a good season before following that up with a good performance with the Black Stars at the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.
Jordan, on the other hand, had a good season with Crystal Palace during the 2018/2019 campaign even though he couldn’t score a lot of goals. His was in devastating form for Ghana at the AFCON and finished the tournament as one of the best players.
All that did not matter as the duo miss out on making it to the top-ten Africa Player of the Year Shortlist.
Making the list are Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, Riyad Mahrez, Ismael Bennacer, Youssef Belaili, Mohamed Salah, Andre Onana, Hakim Ziyach, Odiong Ighalo, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The CAF Awards ceremony has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.