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Oh hail king Eto’o: the best for the 4th time
Samuel Eto’o Fils was crowned the 2010 GL0-CAF Footballer of the Year Award in Cairo for an unprecedented fourth time. Easily the most decorated African footballer, the Cameroonian international striker was chosen ahead of the fast rising Ghanaian star Asamoah Gyan from votes cast by the national coaches of the 53 African football associations. Last year’s winner, Cote d’Ivoire’s Didier Drogba came third. Eto’o Fils’honours in football an encyclopedia with top accolades at club and country levels. Eto’o who won this award in 2003, 2004 and 2005 .
Egyptian national team captain Ahmed Hassan was named Africa based Footballer of the Year on the back his fantastic performance at Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Hassan was not only selected Most Valuable Player at the Angolan tournament but he also became the first player to win Africa Cup of Nations four times with Egypt’s third consecutive win. Hassan fought off close challenge from TP Mazembe’s Alain Kaluyituka Dioko who has been a tower of strength for the Dr Congo side who managed to retain their Africa Club Champions league title in 2010.
The Woman Footballer of the Year went to front runner Perpetua Nkwocha whose prolific goal scoring exploits won Nigerian Falcons the 7th CAF Africa Women’s Championship this year. Its Nkwocha’s third title after wins in 2004 and 2005. Nigeria completed a clean sweep of the women’s awards with Falcons senior team beating their U20 side to the Women’ National Team of the Year award.
Ghana’s night of glory continued with the national team, The Black Stars scooping the National Team of the Year award, while Ghana and Udinese midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah was named the Young Player of the Year. Milovan Rajevac was named Coach of the Year after leading Ghana into the final of Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He then coached the Black Stars to historic quarter final berth at FIFA 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. Democratic Republic of Congo’s trail-blazing side TP Mazembe made it a back to back win when they were crowned Africa Club of the Year.
The Presidential awards, given to those who have contributed immensely to the development of football, for this year went to the following Presidents of Federations
EGYPT: Samir Zaher, GHANA: Kwesi Nyantakyi, ALGERIA: Mohamed Raouraoua: COTE D’IVORE: Jacques Anouma, CAMEROON: Iya Mohammed and South Africa: Kirsten Nematandani, NIGERIA: Aminu Maigari.
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