The Confederation of African Football announces the beginning of the process to select the continent's top footballer of 2012, with the publication of a list of 34 players nominated for the crown currently held by Ivorian Yaya Toure. In addition a list of 32 names has been drawn from which the African Player of the year (Based in Africa) will be selected.
The GLO-CAF Awards Gala 2012 will be held in Accra, Ghana at the Banquet Hall, State House on December 20th.
This year has seen three players make it on both lists. Zambia duo of Rainford Kalaba and Stoppila Sunzu from club side TP Mazembe join Tunisian, Youssef Msakni from club side Esperance on the African Footballer of the Year list which is largely dominated by African players playing club football outside the continent.
The selection was based on performances for club and country. CAF will announce the top ten nominees for the African Footballer of the Year and the top five African footballer of the Year (based in Africa) by late October after the voting by CAF relevant Standing Committees, namely the Media, Technical and Football committees.
The names of the respective ten and five finalists will be sent to National Association head coaches and secretary generals to select the top three.
The other categories for which winners will be announced on Awards Gala are as following:
1. National Team of the Year
2. Women's Footballer of the Year
3. Women's National Team of the Year
4. Club of the Year
5. Most Promising Talent of the Year
6. Coach of the Year
7. Referee of the Year
8. Legend Award
9. Fair Play Award
10. Platinum Award
11. Africa Finest XI
For the African Player of the Year 2012 Nominees
For African Player of the year - Based in Africa Nominees