Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Michael Essien along with Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o have been shortlisted for the BBC African player of the year 2009 award.
The trio who gained the most votes from a field that included Barcelona’s Seydo Keita and Yaya Toure will now be crossing their fingers and hoping that they emerge victorious in the March 11th CAF gala that will take place in Accra, Ghana.
Out of all the three players, Didier Drogba is the only one who has not won the award. Technically, Drogba was the winner for the 2007 edition but could not collect his award in the February 2008 CAF gala because his country was still participating in the Africa Cup of Nations.
CAF decided to hand Kanoute the award because of his “availabilty”. In fact Kanoute was the only player to attend the gala ceremony in Lome, Togo and in their wise judgment, Africa’s governing football body gave the Mali and Sevilla striker the award.
As you can guess Drogba was not a very happy man. He also decided to withdraw himself from all future CAF awards. There is some good news however, Drogba has since resolved his differences with CAF and he will participate in this year’s edition where he is the favourite to win.
Double D will be up against Chelsea team mate Essien and 3 time winner Eto’o. Essien and Eto’o are very talented players but do not stand a chance against Drogba. The Ivorian is currently the EPL’s second top scorer with 19 goals in the League while Eto’o is yet to reproduce the form he had at Barcelona. The Cameroonian is struggling in the Italian Serie A. Essien on the other hand has had a season hampered by injuries and will be lucky to emerge as the second runner up.
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