Former Black Stars and Bayern Munich defender Sammuel Osei-Kuffour has joined the many critics of Africa’s football governing body, CAF over what they think has been bias judgment in rewarding the continent’s best player of 2015.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon was named as the African Footballer of the Year ahead of Ghana’s Andre Ayew and Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure who coincidentally played in the 2015 AFCON finals.
The award since taking place on January 7, 2016, in Abuja, has sparked controversy on the continent with many describing CAF as not having clear-cut criteria of naming the award winners, whilst others say they neglected their own competitions.
Sammy Kuffour who was snubbed by CAF for the prestigious award in 2002 after a wonderful season in 2001 with Bayern Munich winning the UEFA Champions League and the Clubs World Cup, said, “I think this thing has lost its credibility. For some time now there have been controversies anytime CAF names the African footballer of the Year," he told the Ghana Sports newspaper.
Meanwhile, GFA president, Kwasi Nyantakyi, has expressed his disappointment at Andre Ayew's failure to win the 2015 African Footballer of the Year.
The Ghanaian FA boss in an interview with the Ghanaian Times insisted the Swansea star deserved the MVP on the continent. He expressed shock at the decision to award the prestigious honour to Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Nyantakyi who serves on the CAF administration, has questioned the mode of selection, insisting the midfielder deserved the honour.