Partey, Ayew in CAF Player of the Year award

Author: Peter Sarbah
Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew (right)
Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew (right)

Black Stars duo of Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew are among a list of Africa players shortlisted by the Confederation of Africa Football for the continent’s best player gong.

Athletico Madrid star has been influential for both club and country while Jordan Ayew has also been at the heart of Crystal Palace’s impressive run this season.

The 28th edition of the award ceremony is expected to come off in Egypt in January 2020 with an initial 30 players shortlisted for the competition.

Jordan would be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father, Abedi Pele, who won the accolade thrice between 1991 and 1993.

The 28-year-old has so far scored four goals in twelve games for Crystal Palace in the English top-flight this season.

He has subsequently won two Player of the Month awards at club level this season.

Current winner, Mohamed Salah together with his two runners up, Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang still found their way into the shortlisted players.

Camerounian goalkeeper, Andre Onana who plays for Dutch Eredivisie side, Ajax is the only goalkeeper to have been shortlisted while Uganda’s Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ferjani Sassi of Tunisia & Zamalek and Taha Yassine Khenissi of Tunisia & Esperance are among the few players who ply their trade on the continent.