Ten nominees each were named for the two categories based on the performance and contribution of the players to their clubs and national teams during the year under review.
The list was compiled through a vigorous exercise by the Technical, Football and Media Committees of CAF, who took into account the performance of the player for his national team and club from January to November, 2011.
And Sadomba became the first Zimbabwean to be nominated for the award after an outstanding performance for his Sudanese club in the African Champions League this year where he was a regular scorer. The Al Hilal forward has also been part of coach Norman Mapeza's squad that failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations finals to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January next year.
The winner will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches or the Technical Directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF.
The Awards Gala will be held on December 22 in Accra, Ghana.
2011 African Player of the Year (Based in Africa)
Ayoub Elkhiqi (Morocco and WAC)
Yaya Banana (Cameroon and EST)
Edward Sadomba (Zimbabwe and Al Hilal)
Idrissa Laouali (Niger and ASFA)
Jerome Ramatlhakwane (Botswana and Vasco da Gama)
Kalu Uche (Nigeria and Enyimba)
Oussama Darragi (Tunisia and EST)
Samir Aboud (Libya and Al-Etihad)
Youssef Msakni (Tunisia and EST)
Zouhir Dhaouadi (Tunisia and Club Africain)
2011 African Player of the Year
Adel Taarabt (Morocco and Queens Park Rangers)
Andre Ayew (Ghana and Olympique de Marseille)
Asamoah Gyan (Ghana and Al-Ain)
Didier Drogba (Cote d’ Ivoire and Chelsea)
Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana and AC Milan)
Moussa Sow (Senegal and Lille)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon and Anzhi)
Seydou Keita (Mali and Barcelona)
Yao Kouassi Gervais “Gervinho” (Cote d’Ivoire and Arsenal)
Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City)Post published in: Football