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  Thursday, 18 April, 2002, 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK
Kuffour cries foul
Samuel Ossei Kuffour (r)
Kuffour is a pillar of strength in the Bayern defence
It what may be seen as a classic case of sour grapes, Ghana's Samuel Osei Kuffour has criticised the decision to make El Hadj Diouf the African Player of the Year.

After finishing a distant second to the Senegalese hitman, a bitter Kuffour said the award should have gone to him instead.


Things will never change at Caf
Samuel Osei Kuffour
"This is very bad," said the Ghanaian defender who plays for German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

"Things will never change at Caf. I know and everybody else knows that I deserved to win the award this year.

"But someone comes along and scores a few goals and they give him the award. I'm bitterly disappointed.

"It was the same in 1999 when they gave the award to (Nwankwo) Kanu instead of me."

Stunning upset

Kuffour was, indeed, tipped by many to lift the title that has been won in the past by compatriot Abedi Pele and Liberia's George Weah.

But in a stunning upset, French-based Diouf was named the best African player on view in 2001.

The Ghanaian delegation at the awards ceremony in Johannesburg walked out of the room in protest following the announcement of Diouf's triumph.

See also:

17 Apr 02 |  Senegal
Diouf voted Africa's best
15 Apr 02 |  Africans abroad
Kuffour receives BBC award
16 Apr 02 |  Africa
Diouf voted Africa's best
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