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Awards have left a bitter taste among fans feeling the accolade for best player
plying his trade in the continent went to the lesser-deserving individual.
Following a stellar past year for club and country for both
players, Ugandan goalkeeper Dennis Onyango pipped Zimbabwe’s Khama Billiat to
Both stars play for Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa and
were contending for the award alongside Rainford Kala of Zambia and TP Mazembe
of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Local followers however feel Billiat, the reigning South
African Player of the Year, deserved the award.
“The young man deserved to be the African Player of The Year
awarded to a local player but politics was at hand to sideline him,” claimed
“The manner the panelists arrived at awarding Dennis Onyango
ahead of Billiat is shocking and unbelievable," he added.
Nigeria national, Onyeka Owoh, shared similar sentiments.
“Billiat won the South African Premiership's Player of the
Year, Players' Player of The Year and Kick Off's Player of the Year and Onyango
was nowhere near contention,” said Owoh.
“How the panelists then would opt for Onyango is daylight
robbery. Such things always put football into disrepute. I believe his
country’s bad reputation worked against him. Sports and politics must not mix.”
Also read: Glo CAF awards: Full list of winners
However, while comment could not be obtained from CAF, the
voting sheets suggested Onyango attained 252 points to Billiat’s 228. Kalaba
garnered 206 points.
CAF member associations, media representatives and a
technical and development committee cast their votes.
However, the grumblings by fans is the latest controversy
surrounding the awards held in Abuja.
A retired Zimbabwean footballer questioned the handling of
the awards and music performances as “pathetic” and “a disgrace” to the
Ahead of the event, CAF President, Issa Hayatou, was
referred to Egyptian prosecutors for alleged abuse of office regarding a deal
awarding the broadcast rights to several African football tournaments to a
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