Analyst says Chris Katongo among likely contenders for Footballer of the Year

Chris Katongo

The Confederation of African Football, CAF, will hold its annual awards ceremony December 20th in Accra, Ghana. The biggest prize to be handed out in the Ghanaian capital is the African Player of the Year, and if recent history is any indicator, there’s a good chance the trophy will be lifted by a striker. Nine of the past 10 winners have been strikers, with the only exception 2011 African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure, the rugged and powerful midfielder for Manchester City and Ivory Coast.

Toure is again a top contender for the 2012 award. African football analyst David Legge says the Ivorian has been very consistent for Man City and he was a key factor in helping the club win its first English Premiership title in 44 years.

Legge’s three other picks for the awards are all strikers – Demba Ba of Senegal, Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast and Christopher Katongo of reigning African champion Zambia. Ba is based in England with Newcastle United, while

Drogba and Katongo are currently with the Chinese clubs Shanghai Shenhua and Henan Construction, respectively.

Drogba was named the African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and in 2009 and he was recently picked by Chelsea fans as the club’s greatest ever player. “For part of this year, Drogba was playing for Chelsea,” says Legge, “and it was his penalty kick that gave Chelsea at long last the UEFA Champions League title.” Katongo captained the Zambian team that won its first ever African title earlier this year in Libreville, Gabon, a championship that Legge describes as “the story of African football in 2012.” And Ba, according to Legge, “has been banging in the goals for Newcastle United.”

Banging in the goals does seem to capture the attention of the head coaches and top officials from CAF member associations whose votes will decide the winner of the 2012 African Footballer of the Year award. We have to go back to 1986, when Moroccan goalkeeper Badou Zaki won the prize, to find a defender who won the much coveted honor.

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    Suntwe 5 years

    I have difficults to comment on you CK because I hear you are a soldier but you seem to be a political cadre in your gagatuan gestures of the Donchi Kubeba symbol. So for me I dont support soldiers who are politicaly inclined.

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    Katongo(Chingola) 5 years

    He captained Zambia and they won the cup! He is a top scorer at AFCON 2012 and was only beaten by Mayuka because of the number of assists Emmanuel made. He deserves the award in my opinion!

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    Sweeden likowa 5 years

    Lets support ck ba mambala. Ar u real zambians,macende banu

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    TRIPOLI 5 years

    chris is the man

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    Nde Kalombwana! 5 years

    I want to agree with the Pastor. Please stop the insults. If people continue insult ZWD edit out their contributions.

    Kalaba deserves the award more than Katongo. If it is tribal Kalaba is a more deserving Bemba

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    Charles 5 years

    ZWD Please advice some people that Zambian is a christian nation and they should not leave repies of insults on your web. If they do continue u will loose out.


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    Gabriel 5 years

    Ck…we will celebrate with you your archievements. above all I treasure your character !

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    kalaba,mayuka and mweene deserve that award,not katongo

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    S.M.M 5 years

    christopher whatever you call him,is not even a world class striker lesss alone a complete african striker.he still shoots tries like its rugby,he should try that game.i dont know why we keep an aging striker in the team.the man is old,we need some new zambian,but i want a proven african footballer to win this accolade and not some lousy katongo

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    CK not will scoop the award

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    The Eyes of an Eagle 5 years

    This boy deserves it, but should seriously advise Renard to bring back Clifford Mulenga to the national team.Afterall why was Felix Katongo’s apology sweeter to Renard other than that of Clifford? .These two guys( clifford and felix) committed the same offense in Gabon/Equatorial guienea early this year-they both and other two went out clubbing ).I smell a rat between Renard and Christopher Katongo.Could it be Clifford is being sacrificed to create room for Felix.I rest my case.

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    Commander Zero 5 years

    Just because he is Bemba, tribalist CAF panel!

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      kangwa 5 years

      Uli chi pumbu mambala iwe

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    Alfred 5 years

    Ck all the best,you just deserve it.

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    diehard 5 years

    he is a good player,go get Mr Chris

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    København, Denmark 5 years

    It great for Chris to win it, Zambia is a power house of African football

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    No way, he fluffed a penalty. The goalkeeper instead, should be in contention; not fluffy Katongo.

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    Traged evil bemba put stones in the road near chilonga in mpika wishing cause accidents so that they can root laggages and pipo abode a senior africa bus escaped death as their bus lost control trying to avoid the stones but landed into the bush after aprootng trees

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    son of the soil. 5 years

    CK we behind u…

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    Sontra 5 years

    All the way Katongo, all the best.