Asmara — africatopsports.com reported that renowned Eritrean cyclist Daniel Teklehaimanot has been nominated among the candidates for Best African Sportsman of 2012. The other candidates include Dider Drogba and Yaya Tor'e of Ivory Coast, Samuel Eto'o of Cameroon and Andri'e Ayaw of Gana.
Moreover, the website indicated that the Eritrean Cycling Federation is a nominee among those running for the Best African Sports Federation of the year, namely the Sudanese Football Federation, Ivorian Basketball Federation, South African Rugby Federation and Ethiopian Athletics Federation.
Daniel, who demonstrated to be the first black cyclist to appear at Vowelta Spain following his praiseworthy triumph in the African Cycling experience, currently holds the record for the leading cyclist to be chosen for the Best African Sportsman of the year.
The internet-based African vote also involves 10 other awards including that of the Weakest Club of the Year, Best African Sportswoman of the Year and Best coach of the Year, among others. And the result is due to be out on the eve of the 2013 African Football final in Johannesburg, South Africa.
It is to be recalled that Eritrean athlete Zerisenai Tadesse was elected among the top 3 World Sportsmen some years ago.