Solar Ayew has exclusively told JOY Sports that he is not surprised at the omission of Andre Dede Ayew for this year’s African player Award.
The Black Stars midfielder, who was part of the initial five man shortlist for the CAF Player of the Year Award, failed to make the final three man shortlist released by the Confederation of African Football on Wednesday.
The three candidates for this year’s prestigious award include reigning African player of the year, the Ivorian Yaya Toure, who is joined by fellow Ivorian and national team Captain Didier Drogba and Cameroonian midfielder Alexander Song.
This means that Dede Ayew, who was runner up in last year’s award, will have to wait another year. Solar Ayew, uncle of the Olympic Marseille star, says he is not surprised with Dede’s exclusion.
“For me, let's agree somebody like Andre has a long way to go,” he told Joy Sports.
“And let's also agree he is just coming back from injury and I don’t know their reason (for dropping him).
“We are not surprised, football is football so I am not surprised anyway," he concluded.
The winner will be announced on 20th December at the Awards Gala in Accra, Ghana.