Ayew battles Yaya and Aubameyang for 2015 African best

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew has been named alongside four-time winner Yaya Toure and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the final shortlist for the 2015 African Player of the Year award.

The 26-year-old scored 12 goals for Olympique Marseille last season and was hugely influential in Ghana’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign last February, as the Black Stars finished runners-up to Cote d’Ivoire.

He has been one of the best new signings in the English Premier League this season, scoring six goals and winning player of the month of August after joining Swansea City in July.

In October, Caf released an initial list of 34 players including Christian Atsu before it was slashed down to five.

Black Queens striker Portia Boakye and Ghana U20 midfielder Yaw Yeboah have been respectively nominated in the category of Women Player of the Year and Youth Player of the Year following their splendid performances during the course of the year.

The award ceremonies will hold in Nigeria on January 7, 2016 after votes from head coaches and technical directors of the football associations affiliated to Caf have been cast.