African stars in line for top award

LAGOS - Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o have been nominated for the 2006 African Footballer of the Year award.

LAGOS - Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Barcelona forward Samuel Eto'o have been nominated for the 2006 African Footballer of the Year award.

The other nominees for the honour are Ghana international midfielder Michael Essien, who plays for English champions Chelsea, Nigeria's Nwankwo Kanu, who has twice grabbed the award, as well as Mohamed Aboutrika, whose goal ensured Egyptian club Al Ahly retained their African Champions League trophy this year.

The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, on January 18. All 53 member-nations of CAF along with the CAF media and technical committees are expected to vote for the continent's best player. Eto'o has won the award for the past three years. - Sapa-AFP

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