The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday unveiled the shortlists for the 2012 Player of the Year and 2012 Player of the Year (Based in Africa). The shortlists were unveiled at a ceremony in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, attended by CAF Executive Committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi and officials from Globacom, sponsors of the annual event.

The award seeks to reward distinguished footballers for their exploits during the year under review.

Five nominees have been selected to win "Player of the Year" and three more for the Africa-based "Player of the Year".

CAF officials told reporters that the decisions were  reached after votes from the Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF.

The process began with a selection of pool of players by the Football, Media and Technical Committees of CAF taking into consideration the performance of the players throughout the year.

The shortlists for the 2012 CAF Player of the Year is (in alphabetical order): 1. Alexander song (Cameroon and Barcelona),

2. Andre Ayew (Ghana and Olympique Marseille)

3. Demba Ba (Senegal and Newcastle United)

4. Didier Drogba (Cote d’Ivoire and Shanghai Shenhua) 5. Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City)

For the 2012 CAF Player of the Year (Based in Africa), the shortlists are (in alphabetical order); 1. Mohamed Aboutreika (Egypt and Al-Ahly)

2. Rainford Kalaba (Zambia and TP Mazembe)

3. Stoppila Sunzu (Zambia and TP Mazembe)

The winners will be named at the Awards Gala to be held on December 20 at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra   Ghana.

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