Last year’s winner, Yaya Toure, heads a list of 10 players in contention for the 2012 African Soccer Player of the Year Award.
The Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder is among four England-based players vying for the award. They are Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel; Arsenal forward, Gervinho and Newcastle striker, Demba Ba, who all play in the Premier League.
Also on the list is former Arsenal midfielder, Alexandre Song; who plays for Barcelona and ex-Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba, who is with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The remaining players on the select list are Ghana’s Andre Ayew, who plays for Marseille in France; Zambian Christopher Katongo, who is with Chinese team Henan Construction; Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who represents Saint Etienne in France; and Morocco’s Younes Belhanda.
The Confederation of African Soccer has also shortlisted five nominees for the Africa-based Player of the Year Award. They are Egyptian midfielder, Mohamed Aboutreika; Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu and Rainford Kalaba, Cameroon’s Yannick N’Djeng and Yousse Msanki of Tunisia.
The award winners will be announced on December 20 in Accra, Ghana.
Meanwhile, the Montreal Impact and its coach, Jesse Marsch, have severed ties for philosophical reasons after just one season in Major League Soccer (MLS). The announcement was made after the team finished its first season with 12 wins, 16 losses and six draws.
“This is not a dismissal or a resignation, rather an amicable parting of ways,” said team president, Joey Saputo. “Although the decision was a tough one to make, it was made mutually for the benefit of the club.”
Goalkeepers coach Preston Burpo and conditioning coach Adam Rotchstein also left the club while assistant coaches Mauro Biello and Denis Hamlett remain with the team.
The 38-year-old Marsch thanked the team and the fans and called the move “the right decision”.
Marsch was an assistant coach with the United States national team prior to joining the Impact. Though there were questions during the season about his game management, he was popular with the fans and media. He hired a French tutor prior to the start of the season and granted an interview in French on a local TV station before the end of the season.