Drogba, Essien and Kanoute up for African award

January 19, 2008

ACCRA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Didier Drogba, Michael Essien and Frederic Kanoute will vie for the 2007 African Footballer of the Year award, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said.

Ivory Coast striker Drogba, the holder, and his Chelsea team mate Essien have been in the list of the final three candidates for the last two years.

Midfielder Essien is set to play for Ghana in the opening match of the A.