The Black Stars midfield dynamo will be competing alongside his Chelsea teammate and skipper of Cote d'Ivoire, Didier Drogba, and Inter Milan and Camerounian striker; Samuel Eto'o Fils, for the 2009 African Footballer of the Year prize at the awards ceremony slated for Accra on March 11.
At a ceremony yesterday to officially announce the nominees for five competitive categories, the Communications Director of CAF, Suleiman Habuba, said the final nominees were arrived at after a careful selection by some seasoned national team coaches.
He said the process of selection, which started in December with five nominees, was later narrowed to three, adding that it was a CAF policy that any nominee who failed to show up for the topmost award would automatically forfeit his prize.
The other nominees for the best player on the continent award are Agba Agba of Heartland FC of Nigeria, Mputu Mabi of TP Mazembe of DR Congo and Ziaya Abdelmalek, (Etente Setif of Algeria).
Black Stars will be competing alongside the Desert Foxes of Algeria and Elephants of Cote d'lvoire for the best national team award.
Heartland FC of Nigeria, Stade Maien of Mali and TP Ma f DR Congo will vie for the best club on the continent prize.
Black Satellites striker, Dominic Adiyiah will be competing against Eras¬mus Kermit of Feyenoord and South Africa, and Sani Emmanuel of Bodens BK of Nigeria while Sellas Tetteh challenges Nigeria's under-17 coach, Obi John, and Kazito Diego of TP Mazembe for the Best Coach award.