Alexander Song came ahead of Andre Ayew in the CAF shortlist
African football expert Mamadou Gaye says Alexander Song’s inclusion in the final shortlist for the African Player of the Year award smacks of nepotism of the highest order.
The Barcelona benchwarmer emerged as a surprise candidate for the prestigious personal accolade as a preferred choice over Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Zambia captain Christopher Katongo.
The 25-year-old in the season under review failed to qualify his country for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations while also winning nothing with his then club Arsenal.
The defensive midfielder despite this shambolic record made the final cut for the award which would be handed out in Ghana on December 20 alongside the Ivorian duo of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba.
The development has drawn widespread criticisms of the award with many believing it’s credibility is totally lost – a view shared by Gaye – a sworn enemy of Ghana football.
But on this score, the Ivorian football expert ...