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FIFA names World Cup best players: Gyan and Dede make lists

[Posted 09 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Gyan and Dede Ayew have made the FIFA lists

South Africa

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana has been named by FIFA on Friday on a short-list of 10 best players who have illuminated the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Not to be outdone by his Black Stars colleague, Andre "Dede" Ayew has also made it to the short-list of three nominees for Best Young Player of the tournament.

Gyan, who emerged as one of the leading goal scorers at this World Cup with 3 goals to his credit, has been recognised for his industry for the Black Stars by FIFA and Adidas who short-listed him among the most out-standing stars of the tournament. Gyan will be remembered for having wept bitterly after missing a last gasp penalty which could have taken Ghana into the semi-finals. However, he showed guts in shrugging off that disappointment by taking responsibility and convert Ghana's first spot-kick during the dreaded penalty shoot-out which Ghana lost to Uruguay. The South Americans had escaped defeat through the now infamous Suarez "hand of the devil", which he ironically called "hand of God". 

FIFA's World Cup Golden Ball short-list

Diego Forlan (Uruguay), Asamoah Gyan (Ghana), Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Xavi (all Spain), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger (both Germany), Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder (both Netherlands).

For Africa and the shining Black star Gyan, nomination to the short-list of the creme de la creme of world soccer is an achievement in iteself. The world does not expect Gyan to walk away the winner given the fact that his team got eliminated only at the quarter-final stages. has further slashed down the short-list to three contenders, and the winner will be influenced by events at the Soccer City final between Spain and the Netherlands on Sunday, and to a lesser extent the semi-final clashes. The three players with a realistic chance of winning the Golden Ball award are David Villa,  Wesley Sneidjer and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The only disadvantage of Schweinsteiger is that his team did not make it to the finals. That leaves a tight contest between Villa and Sneidjer. If a tie was permissible, the best thing to happen is to award the award to both players. Seperating Villa from Sneidjer will only be possible if one of them provides a match winning performance during the final. Both players are potential match-winners for their respective teams. Interestingly both are tied at 5 goals and can emerge with both the Golden Ball Award and the Golden Boot award. Another possibility is that the two contestants may share the awards come 11 July. 

FIFA 2010 Best Young Player Award nominees

Dede Ayew has been nominated for the award among other outstanding young players such as Thomas Mueller of Germany and Giovani Dos Santos of Mexico.

Dede was clearly Ghana's play-maker at this World Cup, and he played with the maturity of a seasoned campaigner which belied his age. He won Man-of-the match award in the 2-1 victory over the USA in the last 16. Dede is an Under 20 winning captain and his native Ghana are defending World Cup champions at that level, having won the tournament in Egypt only last year. Ghana became the first African nation to win the Under 20 World Cup.

Mueller, the favourite to lift the award, has scored 4 goals so far at this World Cup, and has a chance to score one or two more goals when his team engages Uruguay in the 3rd place play-off on Saturday 10 July at the  Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Mueller has an opportunity to even emerge as the Golden Boot winner should he score twice, while Sneidjer and Villa fail to add o their 5 goals.

Dos Santos has shown tremendous skills, pace and passion to help Mexico to scale the heights they reached at this world cup. He is a former Under 17 World Cup winner only at 16 with Mexico.


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