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Newcastle Striker on ‘African Player of the Year’ Shortlist


Newcastle United's Senegalese striker, Demba Ba, has been nominated for the 2012 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

The Newcastle front man he is joined by Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba and his team-mate Yaya Toure, Morocco’s Younes Belhanda and Zambia skipper Christopher Katongo.

Earlier this month CAF released a 34-man provisional list containing players in the running for the African Player of the Year award. The list included three Newcastle players; Ba, Cisse and Tiote. However, the former was the only player to have made it to the final ten. And now he’s in the final 5.

The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 1830 GMT on Thursday, 13 December to vote for their choice.

You can either vote via the BBC Sport page or by sending an SMS from your phone to +44 7786 20 50 75:

  • Text 1 for Demba Ba
  • Text 2 for Younes Belhanda
  • Text 3 for Didier Drogba
  • Text 4 for Christopher Katongo
  • Or Text 5 for Yaya Toure


Interestingly, Demba Ba is the only nominee not to have won silverware over the past year (excluding the Guadiana Trophy!). Let’s hope that that’s not a deciding factor. 

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