Tuesday, December 19, 2017

CAF Scrap Africa Player Of The Year-Based In Africa Award!

Confederations of Africa Football board (CAF) has decided to remove the Africa Player of the Year-based in Africa award together with the Referee of the Year category with immediate effect.

CAF spokesperson Junior Binyam confirmed to the media that the emergency committee of the organisation decided to remove the Africa-based Player of the Year and referee categories despite having shortlisted 10 footballers and six referees last month for the awards.

However, Binyam did not explain the reason behind the board's decisions to immediately scrap the categories.

Supersport United's New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie, who was among the 10 shortlisted for the African Player based in Africa category expressed disappointment in CAF's sudden decesion.

"I went online an hour or two so after the nominations had been announced and found there was no based in Africa anymore which was quite surprising," Brockie told BBC Sport.

"Now to have the award go missing from the awards event is disappointing and I am sure that I am not the only player confused by the situation."

"Obviously it got to the top 30 and then down to top 10 then all of a sudden its gone. I am sure there is some sort of reason behind and I will have to wait for those reasons like everyone else."

Meanwhile, Egyptian star and reigning BBC African Footballer of the Year 2017, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Liverpool and Senegalese star, Sadio Mané were named the three finalists for the African Player of the Year award on Monday.


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