Zambian soccer team captain Christopher Katongo has failed to make the final list of the Confederation of African Football-CAF 2012 Player of the Year.
The development barely comes 24 hours after the BBC shortlisted him alongside Yaya Toure and his Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba, Senegal’s Demba Ba, and Morocco’s Younes Belhanda for the 2012 Player of the year award.
CAF’s shortlist without Katongo means Kalusha Bwalya still stands as Zambia’s only footballer to have won the African player of the year award.
The five that have made the final list are Alexander song of Cameroon and Bacelona, Andre Ayew of Ghana and Olympique Marseille, Senegal and Newcastle United striker Demba Ba and Ivory Coast pair of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, who play for Shanghai Shenhua and Manchester City respectively.
However, Zambia still looks set to bag the 2012 Player of the Year Based in Africa award, with TP Mazembe duo of Stoppila Sunzu and Rainford Kalaba racing against Egypt and Al-Ahly’s Mohamed Aboutreika.
The shortlists were unveiled at a ceremony in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, attended by CAF Executive Committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi