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Drogba named for Wafu awards

By John James
BBC Sport, Abidjan

A list of the 16 nominees for West African Footballer of the Year award
There are a total of 16 players on Wafu's player of the year shortlist

Didier Drogba, Sulley Muntari and Emmanuel Adebayor are among the shortlisted players for a new trophy for the best West African footballer in 2010.

The competition is called 'The Best of the Best' and was unveiled by the West African Football Union (WAFU) at a ceremony in the commercial capital of Ivory Coast Abidjan on Friday.

"We believe that from 2010 these are the best players so far because they've helped their teams get the best results possible", said Aka Malan, the Secretary-General of WAFU.

"These nominees are the best; each of the players is doing the best in his club. Among these we'll choose the best of the best", he said.

The winner will be decided by SMS and telephone votes from people in West Africa.

The poll opens on Monday for two months.

"From now on through information technology we're able to allow everyone in West Africa to participate and I think it's a great initiative to promote sport", the Ivorian minister for sport, youth and urban cleanliness, Mel Eg Theodore, told BBC Sport.

Seven countries in the region (The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Niger, Liberia, Sierra Lone, Cape Verde, Mauritania) aren't represented, while Ghana and Ivory Coast each have three players.

"Some countries are not represented because they don't have good players in the championships", said Aka Malan, who said performances had been judged by what they'd seen on tv.

The sixteen nominees are:

Michael Essien

Kader Keita

Yakubu

Yaya Touré

Didier Drogba

Mikel Obi

Sulley Muntari

Mamadou Niang

Pascal Feindouno

Seydou Keita

Stephane Sessegnon

Moumoumi Dagano

Jonathan Pitroipa

Frederic Kanoute

Andre Ayew

Emmanuel Adebayor



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08 Jan 08 |  African
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06 Jun 07 |  African
Wafu nets sponsorship deal
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11 May 07 |  African
Wafu leadership in turmoil
17 Apr 07 |  African


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