Saturday Nov 30, 2019. 11:00
Ghana international Jordan Ayew has discussed the 2019 African Player of the Year shortlist.
The lanky striker has been shortlisted alongside his Palace teammate Wilfried Zaha for the 2019 African Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Ayew – one of three Ghanaians on the preliminary shortlist for the men and women’s awards – has enjoyed a year which saw him score three goals from four games at the Africa Cup of Nations and six goals in 2019 for Crystal Palace.
The forward is in contention for the award last won by Liverpool and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah. The last Ghanaian to win it was Abedi Pele – Ayew’s father. His brother, Andre, has finished in third place on two occasions: 2011 and 2015.
Notable former figures are numerous and include George Weah, Roger Milla, Samuel Eto’o, Didier Drogba and former Palace man, Emmanuel Adebayor.
“I’m really, really honoured. I’m proud. It shows the hard work has paid off because last year, last season, wasn’t a good year at all,” Ayew said on Palace’s official website.
“I had a good AFCON, continued with Crystal Palace and things are going positively. Hopefully it stays that way.
“I’m happy for myself, for my family and I’m happy for the people who always believed in me. It’s just the shortlist but it’s a sign I’m improving,” he added.
“I need to keep on working hard to keep on moving forward.”