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Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019

Gyan: I don’t value African Player of the Year

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has launched a scathing attack at the Confederation of African Football over the naming of Gabon international Pierre Emerrick Aubameyang as the 2015 African Player of the Year ahead of Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew.

Gyan, 30, believes Aubameyang should have finished third among the three shortlisted for the award.

“Aubameyang can’t be African best ahead of Andre Ayew and Yaya Toure,” Gyan told Angel FM.

“The two players should have come ahead of him. Personally, I don’t value the Caf awards again due to my past experiences. Whenever a player is awarded with the accolade, I just watch them and shake my head in disagreement,” he said.

Gyan also insisted that he should have been named player of the continent at least once between 2010 and 2014.

“I should’ve won the award in 2010 and 2014 especially after my exploit in the two Fifa World Cups in South Africa and Brazil. Caf ignored me because I do not play a bigger team but rather a smaller one. Even though they snubbed me, I still believe within myself that I’ve won two African best.

“They’re killing African football because currently, a player’s performance with national team and during Africa Cup of Nations means nothing. I don’t believe in them anymore because it is very bad,” he said.

He added: “Some players are even aware that they’ve won the African best before it is announced. In 2010, I was sitting beside Samuel Eto’o and other dignitaries from Ghana including Ghana FA’s communication director, Ibrahim Saanie Daara and all of a sudden, Eto’o stood up before the lady officially made the announcement.”

Aubameyang raked 143 votes while Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew got 136 and 112 votes respectively.


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