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The goal poacher feels his effort for club and country merits him a place among the list of nominees for the highest individual footballer award on the continent

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has said his inclusion in Caf’s preliminary 25-man list for the 2013 African Best Player award comes as no surprise to him.

The Al Ain striker said he has worked over the last season for the accolade and is a strong contender alongside Yaya Toure (Manchester City), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Dortmund) among others.

“I scored almost 40 goals for my club, I qualified my team (Ghana) to the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations just this year,” Gyan told Football411. “The people that selected me know that I have done well and that was why they named me in the final list.”

“It’s not easy for a player to score almost 40 goals for one club a season, so for me I will continue to do what I know best, and that’s play and score more goals for my club and country and if it’s my time I will win the award.”

The winner of the 2013 African Player of the Year will be announced in Lagos, Nigeria next January.

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