Lagos — The race for the 2009 Glo-CAF Player of the Year has narrowed down to the final selection of five nominees as the Media Committee and the Technical and Development Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have sent in their votes in line with the procedure for the selection of nominees for the prestigious award.
Suleiman Habuba, the CAF Director of Communications, said the nomination forms which were sent to all the 12 members of the Media Committee and 17 members of the Technical and Development Committee have been returned. The committee members vote for players in scores of 5-1 with five being the highest and one is the lowest. The five players with the highest points will be announced at a Press Conference in Lagos on Thursday, December 10.
He said that as usual, the nominations have been based on players' performance for club and country from January 2009 till date and that the nominations cover all African players in European and the domestic African club leagues.
"The nomination is just the beginning of the process of selecting nominees for the prestigious Glo-CAF Awards ceremony as the five highest scoring nominees will be forwarded to all the national team coaches of CAF member federations for their vote", Habuba explained.
Togo international and former Arsenal forward, Emmanuel Adebayor who now plays for Manchester City , is the reigning Glo-CAF Player of the Year. Adebayor, who was crowned in Lagos at a colourful ceremony attended by the FIFA President, Sepp Blatter and other World football leaders, piped Ghana 's Michael Essien to second place.
The awards ceremony sponsored by telecommunications giant, Globacom has been held in Abuja, Accra, Lome and Lagos. The venue for the 2009 edition will be announced at the Press Conference.