Lierse SK defender, Rahim Ayew has backed his younger brother, Andre Dede Ayew to win the 2012 Africa footballer of the year award.
The 22-year-old Olympic Marseille and Ghana player has been shortlisted along nine other players after Caf whittled down the number from 34 to 10 on Sunday.
Caf will announce a final list made up of three players in the final week of November before the awards ceremony is staged in Accra on December 20.
“My brother has had a three great consistent seasons and I think he has done enough to win this year," the former Zamalek player told Goal.com Ghana.
“I think it’s about time they give a young player like Andre the award to serve as inspiration to the other upcoming players on the continent.”
Andre Ayew was the second runner-up last year behind Yaya Toure and Seydou Keita.
Their father, Abedi Pele is a three-time Africa footballer of the year.