Gyan, Ayew, Eto’o, Toure and Drogba have been nominated for the award
THE search to find the 2010 BBC African Footballer of the Year is almost over.
Fans have until December 10 to vote for their most outstanding African player of 2010.
The five candidates in the hunt for the prestigious gong are Asamoah Gyan and Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew, both from Ghana.
Cameroon and Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto’o, Manchester City’s Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure and his compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Chelsea, are also included on the list.
But it might not be a straightforward choice this time round as the competition is fiercer than ever.
BBC African sports editor, Farayi Mungazi said: “Many football matches are won or lost in the dying minutes.
“So it’s possible that this year’s winner might be decided by last-minute votes, so it’s important for everyone to cast their votes.”
Voting for the award is done via text and online.
The winner will be announced on December 17 on the BBC’s African sports programme Fast Track.
Last year’s winner was Drogba after his consistent form and goals for club and country.
Previous winners of BBC African Footballer of the Year award:
2009 - Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)
2008 - Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)
2007 - Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)
2006 - Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)
2005 - Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)
2004 - Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
2003 - Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)
2002 - El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)
2001 - Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)
2000 - Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)