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Ghana international Asamoah Gyan last night missed out on the most valuable individual prize in African football, losing the coveted CAF Footballer of the Year award to Cameroun and Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o
at the Glo-CAF Awards held in Cairo, Egypt.

In winning the 2010 African Best Player Award, Eto’o overshadowed the previous record first set by Abedi Pele who dominated the awards with back-to-back crowns in between 1991 and 1993.

Gyan, who finished second in the three-horse contest, which included Ivorian and Chelsea star Didier Drogba, was humbled by the honour as the continent’s second best player but looked into the future with high hope.

“I’m happy to be here. I’ve been waiting for this moment and I’m honoured to stand before all the great men of African football for this prize. I still have many years ahead of me and I hope everything goes on well in my career,” said the Ghanaian striker who was named last Friday as the BBC African Footballer of the Year.

Yesterday’s event was a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the CAF Awards and also a celebration of an outstanding year of African football which saw the continent staging a spectacular World Cup tournament for the first time.

Despite Gyan’s inability to win the top prize, the ceremony was in many ways a celebration of an outstanding year for Ghana football as Black Stars midfielder, Kwadwo Asamoah, stepped out to pick the first award as the Most Promising Young talent of the Year.

It was followed by Milovan Rajevac, the man who guided Ghana to the final of the Nations Cup and the World Cup quarter-final, who was honoured with the Coach of the Year.

It was just a matter of course that the Black Stars were named National Team of the Year, while GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi picked one of seven Presidential Awards presented by CAF President Issa Hayatou.

Ghana midfielder Andre Dede Ayew was named among the continent’s best 11 players, the so-called All Star team that included the likes of Drogba, Waeel Gomaa and Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama.

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