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Gyan on CAF award: Abou-Trieka was wronged
Asamoah Gyan expressed his disappointment after failing to make the final three short-list for the 2014 African footballer of the year award.
The Black Stars skipper and Al-Ain striker was disappointed and felt hard done-by after what he believes was a great 2014 for him as he revealed in an interview with Ghanian television.
Gyan captained Ghana through the 2014 World Cup scoring two of Ghana’s four goals in the tournament, and led Al-Ain to the semi-finals of the AFC Champions League.
“I did a lot for my club and country in the last year. I was the joint top scorer in Africa during the World Cup qualifying series, and the top scorer in the AFC Champions League, therefore I believe I deserved a place in the final three,” he explained.
Gyan was critical of CAF, claiming that the award is given only to European-based players.
“I always give example of Mohamed Abou-Trieka; during his best days he won everything with Al Ahly, and the African Cup of Nations with Egypt, but he did not win the African footballer of the year award, only because he didn’t play in Europe,” he added.
“No African player, playing outside of Europe, has won this award since its inception,” Gyan concluded.
The award is now contested by Gabon and Borussia Dortmund’s striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nigeria and Lille’s goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, and Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré, who won it last year.
It’s well worth mentioning that the award is based on the votes of head coaches or technical directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF. The winner is due to be announced in CAF’s awards gala ceremony in Lagos on the 8th of January.