Eto’o: Ayew can win African Footballer of the Year award

Four-time African Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto’o, believes Swansea’s Andre Ayew has what it takes to win next year’s African Footballer of the Year award.

Following a move from French side Marseille, where he was adjudged Best African Player in Ligue 1 for the 2014-2015 season, Ayew started life in the Premier League in impressive fashion, scoring three goals in his first four matches.

He was named Swansea’s best player for three separate months, in addition to a host of other awards since his summer transfer. The 26-year-old was beaten by Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the 2015 African Footballer of the Year gong.

“Ayew can win three African Footballer of the Year awards,” Eto’o told Ghana Sports newspaper.

“He has come close on two occasions and it’s likely he will win it the next time. You know that it is the African version of the Ballon d’Or and it’s very important for African players.

“He is still young and has a lot of potential. He has been good for both club and country.

“For me, he is one of the best African players in Europe now.

“He’s performing very well in the English Premier League for Swansea City, and I think he can win the award three times before he retires.”

In 2011, Ayew also came third in the race behind Cote d’Ivoire’s Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita of Mali.

Eto’o, on the other hand, won the accolade in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010.

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