The expectancy and excitement has gone up a notch in the Ghanaian capital, Accra as dignitaries, players and the African football fraternities arrive for the GLO-CAF Awards taking place tomorrow night at the Banquet Hall, State House. The buzz around the city is evident and traffic almost at standstill with roads leading to State Banquet Hall teeming with people heading for rehearsal.
Globacom and CAF have outdone themselves again in lining up top acts to perform at the Awards with the musicians to include Salif Keita, Ladysmith Black Mambazo , Princess of Africa Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Asem and Kwabena. The continent's top players including Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, Mohamed Abou-Treika , Rainford Kalaba and Stopile Sunzu will be in attendance as will the other nominees. Former Liverpool and England star player John Barnes and Anita Erskine will be the MCs on the night.
Cafonline.com caught up with Joseph Shabalala the founder and music director of world acclaimed choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and he described the meeting of Football and Music as the pinnacle of some of the African continent's best attributes. "It is wonderful that Africa is able to put on this event and we all celebrate tomorrow night and it will not only be the winners of awards but all of us because this is a great even, a big event for Africa by Africans."
"Princess of Africa" Yvonne Chaka Chaka, internationally renowned singer and humanitarian said the GLO-CAF Awards is a great event that is growing each year and she is thrilled to be performing at her third Awards Gala. " Sport is an integral part of life and Globacom and CAF deserve to be complimented on how the have used Africa's most popular sport, Football to help make our continent better" It is a pleasure to join in this great event here in Ghana and l want to congratulate all nominees because they are all winners indeed"
For the first time since 2004 Ghana does not have an individual nominee among the finalist at the Awards but the hosts of 2012 GLO-CAF Awards will fancy their chances of a home win in the Women's National Team of the Year category where the Black Maidens ( U-17) side is nominated along with Nigeria U-20 side and Equatorial Guinea senior team.
Cafonline.com also took to the streets of Accra to find out from Ghanaians about GLO-CAF Awards.
ERIC NANA ASAMOAH: It's great to have the Awards Night in Ghana again. I think it's a privilege to host it twice in succession. On the awards, everybody is waiting for the Footballer of the Year Award. I am expecting Yaya Toure to win it again this year because he was very instrumental in Manchester City winning the EPL last season. His club Man.City has built a team around him and his contribution to the beautiful game and consistency surpasses every competitor for this award. I salute him.
DENNIS NII LANTEY LAWSON: I would choose Didier Drogba over Toure and Song because of his influence and the trophies he won with Chelsea in Europe. What he did alone in the champions' league overshadows the rest.
MAKAFUI APEKU: I'm very impressed by the list of artistes that GLO-CAF Awards has brought here and are billed to perform at the event. All the nominated players deserve to win the award but for an award of this nature, there should be an outstanding one among them. And l believe that the outstanding one is Didier Drogba. This is because he helped his former team (Chelsea) to win the champions league in Europe by scoring the equalizer and the winning penalty. He again led Chelsea to win the FA Cup in England.
LESLIE KWEKU ABOAGYE: I'm expecting Didier Drogba and my reasons are simple: guiding Chelsea to the Champions league and also the role he played as the captain of his national team to reach the finals of the CAF Africa Nations Cup in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea.
QUADZI GORDWYN: I watched the event on television last year but I'm looking forward to watching it live from the State Banquet Hall. I think Didier Drogba deserves to win the award after solely carrying Chelsea on his shoulders to win the European Champions league against Bayern Munich and also guiding the elephants to the final of the nations cup.
MAABENA AKONOBA: In my opinion, though Alex Song is a talented young midfielder, Didier Drogba and Yaya are the favorites in the race for Africa's footballer of the year (2012). However, Yaya Toure stands tall amongst the two because of he is currently perhaps the best midfielder on the African continent and in the world. He also played a pivotal role in Manchester City defying the odds to win the English premiership for the first time in many years. For his national team he played an important role in the team's performance at the last AFCON
WILLIAM BOSSMAN: I had the privilege of attending last year's event and I am looking forward to another exciting event. For the Footballer of the Year, I believe all three nominees for this year's CAF player of the year had very good seasons in the year under review. However, in my opinion Didier Drogba deserves this year's award because of his tremendous achievement at his club side at the time (Chelsea). Despite their roles in the Ivorian team that made it to the AFCON final last year and Yaya winning the Premiership with Manchester City, Drogba's achievement and personal role in Chelsea winning its first champions league trophy and the FA Cup raises the bar higher. Alex Song is a good and promising player, but did not achieve much with his country and cub in 2012.