The newly elected Confederation of African Football President Ahmad Ahmad addresses a news conference after his victory at the African Union (AU) headquarters in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, March 16, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

CAF; president Ahmad Ahmad has shed light on his outfit’s decision to do away with the African Best player Based in the African category at the annual awards gala holding in Accra, Ghana on Thursday. Having initially announced nominees for the 2017 edition, the football governing body decided to ditch the category which was instituted in 2005, amid criticisms from several quarters.

It’s very simple- we want to promote African football,” Ahmad the CAF President explained at a press in Accra on Wednesday ahead of  Thursday night’s gala, There are no two levels of football in Africa. Best is Best, not Best for the Best. That’s the reason’.

Egypt legend Mohamed Barakat became the first-ever recipient of the African Best Player Based in Africa award in 2005 while Uganda Goalkeeper Denis Onyango scooped the last honor in 2016. Another dropped category is the CAF Referee of the year.


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