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Drogba favourite to win African 'Ballon d'Or'

Saturday - Nov 24, 2012, 05:19pm (GMT+5.5)
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Johannesburg - Former Chelsea striker was one of the five players whose names were announced on Friday as contenders for African player of the year.

Drogba, who helped the Blues win the Champions League last season, is now playing with Shanghai Shenhua in China, and compatriot Yaya Toure, of English champions Manchester City, join Senegal's Demba Ba, of Newcastle United, Marseille's Ghana forward Andre Ayew and Cameroon's Alexandre Song, of Barcelona on the list.

The five were selected from a long-list of 10 players, the president of Ghana's football federation, Kwesi Nyantakyi, who also sits on the executive committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), told a news conference, Sports24 reports.

The ceremony for the African "Ballon d'Or", run by the CAF, is due to take place in the Ghanaian capital on December 20.


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