Rahim Ayew backs his younger brother Andre Ayew to win the 2012 Africa player of the year award

The first son of the football legend, Abedi Pele, says his younger brother, Andre Ayew, deserves to wear the crown as the King of Africa football in 2012.

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.