Gyan could sway sympathy vote for African Player of the Year
Published 23:00 19/12/10 By Simon Bird
Sunderland's Asamoah Gyan is a popular choice to be named African Footballer of the Year.
Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o is favourite to win the award today for a record fourth time but a sympathy vote could see Ghanain Gyan snatch away the prize.
Eto’o, Gyan and Chelsea striker and Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba are the three nominees for the continent’s top individual accolade, which is voted for by coaches and captains of Africa’s national teams.
Gyan squandered a last-minute penalty in the World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay in Johannesburg in July.
The kick was awarded after his goal-bound effort had been handled on the line, denying Ghana a late win.
He did, however, net three vital goals in South Africa as Ghana reached the last eight.