The Glo-CAF Player of the Year awards ceremony is two days away, and tension has begun to mount in Accra, Ghana, where the African football 'Oscars' will be taking place. Local and foreign media, as well as guests, have been converging in the west African city to grace the event where Africa’s top player of 2009 will be unveiled.
Most former and current African football stars have kept their preferences silent but Africa's incumbent football king Emmanuel Adebayor broke his silence yesterday whilst speaking to French satellite TV station Canal+.
“I think Samuel Eto’o should be the African player of the year, having made a glamorous 2009 season with former club Barcelona, and scoring 40 goals, including one in the Champions League final. With such performances, I can say Eto’o is the best,” the City’s forward said.
But Adebayor acknowledges the prowess of Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba whom he calls “my personal friend”.
“Drogba is one of the best strikers in the world today. The guy can net you goals from any angle. People are surprised about Drogba, but I’m not. The guy does best what he knows how to do, and that’s scoring goals,” the 2008 CAF footballer of the year said.
One out of three big names in African football will be crowned as the new football king of the continent during a gala at the Banquet Hall in Accra on Thursday evening.
2006 winner Didier Drogba, three-time winner Samuel Eto’o (in 2003, 2004 and 2005) and Michael Essien are the final three nominees.