Abuja - For the
first time in the short life span of the African Players awards in the English
Premier League, the preceding month’s award winner has appeared on the
shortlist for the current month.
Ighalo won the award by an overwhelming majority in October, and, according to a
release by New African Soccer, he seemed to “continue where he left off in
October, playing well enough to earn him a place in the shortlist for
Nigerian international played every minute of Watford’s November fixtures,
which was a difficult month for them given the home loss to Manchester United
and the away loss to Leicester City. But according to Awards Director Tunde
Adelakun, “Ighalo shone through these games and deserves his place on the
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face in the shortlist was August winner, Ghana’s Swansea City star Andre Ayew.
Again, Ayew’s Swansea team are going through a rough patch in the League and it
showed in November but the Ghanaian’s quality still showed through it all, and
again, the award organisers felt it worthy of a place in the shortlist.
release, the two obvious stars of the show were Crystal Palace’s Congolese
winger Yannick Bolassie with a stunning performance in his team’s 2-1 away win
at Liverpool and his double strike against Newcastle. But not only that,
according to Adelakun, “Bolas has been a thorn in many defences all season and
he has proved a consistency that really deserves to be mentioned and
Arouna Kone of Everton makes up the quartet of shortlisted players. One has
featured prominently in his team’s resurgence in November, starting with an
emphatic hat trick in their 6-2 drubbing of Sunderland.
The award winner will
be announced in a matter of days.