Jordan tipped for possible African Player of the Year success

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The Swansea City man has been picked as a potential winner of the coveted flagship continental honour

Former Ghana international Laryea Kingston believes Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew has the potential to win the Caf African Player of the Year award in future.

The third son of Ghana legend Abedi Ayew 'Pele', Jordan is largely considered the most gifted among the 54-year-old's three footballer sons, the other two being West Ham ace Andre and 2009 African Nations Championship star Rahim.

Jordan's career so far has been described as topsy-turvy, but after Ghana's disappointing night at the 2017 Caf Awards Gala held on Thursday, Laryea reckons the former Aston Villa forward ranks among the men that could return the country to glory days.

"I feel very disappointed [about the lack of Ghanaian representation in the final shortlist," Kingston told Goal.

"For a long time, Ghanaian players had competed with the best in Africa, but we have lost our placed. 

"All the same, we have very young players coming and I know they’re going to work very hard to be part of the best players in Africa. 

"We have the potential, so it will happen. We have Jordan Ayew, Thomas Partey, Daniel Amartey and Christian Atsu. 

"I think these players have the potential to compete with the best players in the world."

Ultimately, Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah beat club teammate Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Pierre-Emerick of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund to be crowned 2017 Player of the Year.

"In the build-up to the event, I said in all my interviews that he [Salah] deserves it because he played very well with his club and the national team," Kingston added.

"For a long time, Egypt had been missing from the World Cup, but he has managed to take them there. 

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"He deserves it. It’s a fair decision."

Kingston played for Ghana at the 2006 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.

 

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