Ghana and Crystal Palace forward Jordan Ayew has been unfairly denied a chance to make a claim for Africa’s biggest individual prize, the Men’s Player of the Year following a CAF decision to cancel this year’s awards.
The decision was taken by the continent’s football governing body following a virtual executive committee meeting earlier on Tuesday June 30, 2020.
The decision is as a result of the CoronaVirus pandemic perturbing the football calendar triggering postponements and cancellation of major competitions.
Jordan Ayew has been in scintillating form for English Premier League side Crystal Palace with his output drawing massive praise across board.
His most prolific spell in England which has seen him net 9 times this term has taken the Black Stars striker to the top of the list of high scoring Ghanaian players in the premier league.
CAF President Ahmad announced the decision to cancel the 2020 CAF Awards during a virtual press conference with some top African Journalists.
“Good afternoon to everyone and welcome to this press conference. I am particularly thinking about those whose families have been affected by the Corona Virus pandemic. We meet today from a distance. The last time we met was to celebrate the prestigious CAF Awards. Unfortunately the next edition has been canceled,” CAF President Ahmad told the Press conference.
The cancellation means Sadio Mane remains as the reigning Men’s Player of Year while Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala remains the reigning Women’s Awards with the duo winning the ultimate individual prizes at the last awards event.
Various Football competitions have affected since the outbreak of the Corona Virus pandemic on the African continent in March this year.