Zambian Skipper Katongo shortlisted for BBC footballer of the year

The five candidates for the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2012 award have been revealed. See story here

Yaya Toure has made the shortlist for the second consecutive year and he is joined by his Ivory Coast team-mate Didier Drogba, Senegal’s Demba Ba, Morocco’s Younes Belhanda and Zambia skipper Christopher Katongo.

Katongo is also nominated for CAF African footballer of the year.

The winner will be decided by African football fans, who have until 1830 GMT on Thursday, 13 December to vote for their choice.

You can either vote via BBC page or by sending an SMS from your phone to +44 7786 20 50 75:

  • Text 1 for Demba Ba
  • Text 2 for Younes Belhanda
  • Text 3 for Didier Drogba
  • Text 4 for Christopher Katongo
  • Or Text 5 for Yaya Toure

Standard international text rates apply, please check with your service provider. Texts are limited to one text per mobile phone number.

The winner will be announced on Monday, 17 December.

It has been an outstanding year for all the nominees, with four of the players winning silverware.

Drogba could not have bid a better farewell to Chelsea at the end of the season after scoring the winning penalty to clinch the Champions League trophy for the first time in the club’s history, and also scoring what proved to be the winning goal in the FA Cup final.

His Ivorian compatriot, Toure, was a key player for Manchester City as the Sky Blues were crowned Premier League champions for the first time – and their first top-flight title for 44 years.

A domestic title was also earned by Belhanda, whose 12 goals and all-round performances were a huge factor as Montpellier pulled off a major surprise to win the French Ligue 1 championship.

On the international scene there was yet another first as Katongo led from the front for Zambia, skippering them to a shock victory in the Africa Cup of Nations, where Chipolopolo beat Ivory Coast on penalties in the final.

Ba fared less well at the Nations Cup, with Senegal going out of the competition at the group stage, but he enjoyed personal success with Newcastle where he ended last season as the club’s top scorer with 17 goals, helping them to finish fifth in the table.

Previous winners of BBC African Footballer of the Year award:

2011 – Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew (Marseille & Ghana)

2010 – Asamoah Gyan (Sunderland & Ghana)

2009 – Didier Drogba (Chelsea & Ivory Coast)

2008 – Mohamed Aboutrika (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2007 – Emmanuel Adebayor (Arsenal & Togo)

2006 – Michael Essien (Chelsea & Ghana)

2005 – Mohamed Barakat (Al Ahly & Egypt)

2004 – Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2003 – Jay Jay Okocha (Bolton & Nigeria)

2002 – El Hadji Diouf (Liverpool & Senegal)

2001 – Sammy Kuffour (Bayern Munich & Ghana)

2000 – Patrick Mboma (Parma & Cameroon)


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67 Responses to "Zambian Skipper Katongo shortlisted for BBC footballer of the year"

  1. Bruce Mweemba  November 23, 2012 at 09:47


  2. Doyle  November 23, 2012 at 08:52

    But u pipo u ar foolish surely instead of supporting yo on prayer u are busy supporting pipo from the bluz and take it as if voting is a politics u are just un idiots mwembwamwe.

  3. joseph hillz  November 22, 2012 at 21:46

    he is cnp who uses juju and will lose terribly to drogba or yaya.sela babombeko abaishi bola cnp.

  4. rapsody  November 22, 2012 at 20:54

    katongo don’t kubeba wilalila ashh

  5. lead vocalist  November 22, 2012 at 18:53

    Go katongo go! i SAW players praying b4 taking spot kicks.i didnt see any juju.who SAW juju there? Talk about what u SAW not THINK.Now u will also say mbesuma is a ‘jujurist’ coz he scored and no one else scored in SA, Ka?

  6. lead vocalist  November 22, 2012 at 18:47

    Go katongo.i SAW players praying b4 taking spot kicks.i didnt see any juju.who SAW juju there? Talk about what u SAW not THINK.Now u will also say mbesuma is a ‘jujurist’ coz he scored and no one else scored in SA, Ka?

  7. Time saver  November 22, 2012 at 18:13

    Didier Drogbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa,
    Why waist time?
    Katongo used to sing Donchi Kubeba.

  8. flossy flo  November 22, 2012 at 16:53

    Christopher Katongo has my vote, go zambia go!!

  9. Awaiting  November 22, 2012 at 16:11

    SMS COST ONLY K542.00

    • Evelyn Hone reloaded  November 23, 2012 at 04:20

      wch currency ;rebased or the current one?

  10. kangaude  November 22, 2012 at 15:21

    We will need to de-polarise Zambia, sorry folks about your true feelings but this vote is the BBC award, four players were short listed and Katongo is the only Zambian among the four.
    The African footballer award is much later, that is where Sunzu and Kalaba and the rest are.
    Please give a heart for Zambia

  11. ZedPatriot  November 22, 2012 at 15:19

    Can you shallots ever fight a war for Zambia or you’ll be busy shitting in your pants watching English football? You’re sickening! Katongo won a NATIONAL trophy beating all in contention. He’s the only one from EAST, CENTRAL and SADC, He is Zambian! That’s more than any of you dunderhead chancers filled with jealousy can EVER EVER measure up to. He’s a Zambian not a. Bemba you quacks

  12. amona  November 22, 2012 at 14:15

    all of you people who believe that katongo uses juju are primitive you believe that there is juju in talent if so take your relative to a wizard and try to make him a footballer if he can do so. grow up africans. there is nothing like juju in soccer let alone any talent. there is only skill. by the way i dont believe in juju .try to bewitch me and it wont affect me

  13. JOE BUGNER KALIMBA  November 22, 2012 at 14:06

    please pipo let us just vote for katongo instead of passing silly comments,its not a matter of language but good performance.ichisungu twachisangafye wishing him o the best.

  14. politiko analyst  November 22, 2012 at 13:51

    sory guys but ma goes 2 DROGBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  15. CHIBBY  November 22, 2012 at 13:15

    Katongo doesnt have all the qualities!! my vote is not going to him.

  16. Gabriel  November 22, 2012 at 13:13

    Lets just confront facts here,we are voting & nothing more. why cant we support our own ? if they are things which need improvement then we take it from there,after all change is a process…bravo Chris!

  17. mapenzi muZambia aya kumbele  November 22, 2012 at 13:08

    if Katongo wins they should have an interpreter besides him so that he expresses himself in his mother tongue! Chizungu chivuta mwe!

    • Man -Abel  November 22, 2012 at 13:25

      C. Katongo can articulate himself in english reasonably well. Sunzu is the culprit. I almost sunk in the ground when he was interviewed after winning man-of-the match award after last weeks match against south africa.

      • oliver  November 22, 2012 at 15:13

        No need to sink in the ground,he is not English !

        • stone  November 22, 2012 at 17:06

          He is not the only one who can’t speak English in Zambia. futbol has no language barrier whatsoever. Respect him for bringing glory to your country. Who knows, if he knew how to speak English, he would consider other options than playing for the national team, Calling for another one who doesn’t know how to speak English.
          Viva Sunzu.

  18. My Opinion  November 22, 2012 at 13:07

    Family you can vote as many times as you want online. I’ve voted five times in the last hour and it’s accepting..lets vote guys!! Chris Katongo we have your back.

    • joe bk  November 22, 2012 at 14:15


  19. Lolly Brown  November 22, 2012 at 13:00


  20. ZK  November 22, 2012 at 12:41

    Yaya Toure

    • Bj5  November 22, 2012 at 15:44

      Chikala cha wiso.

  21. from nsengaland with love  November 22, 2012 at 12:41

    He exhibited partisan politics on the field. My vote goes to non partisan Drogba who has used football to the benefit of his countrymen. What has Katongo done other than speaking brocken English? He was promoted bcoz of his stupid don’t kubeba song. Not voting is better than voting a stupid zambian. Lekeni aivotele emwine na fi PF

    • cm  November 22, 2012 at 14:34

      we chipuba wee

    • Monde  November 23, 2012 at 09:26

      I agree with you sir 100%

  22. Kiki  November 22, 2012 at 12:15

    Katongo’s winning in the name of Jesus. Amen.

  23. Ruru  November 22, 2012 at 11:59

    go go chris katongo tukabomfwishe nsoni ba shinkamanyela…one vote will make a difference.

  24. Blessed  November 22, 2012 at 11:59

    Hey my fellow Zambian, let’s just vote for Katongo -no need of these too much talk , just vote. Go CK ! Abesu

    • joe bk  November 22, 2012 at 14:17

      u relly blassd

  25. NTC  November 22, 2012 at 11:58


  26. Politics  November 22, 2012 at 11:22

    Katongo to much juju…my vote goes to Yayaaa!

  27. Be Serious  November 22, 2012 at 10:54

    Seleni Katongo abombeko!

  28. Umkonto We Sizwe  November 22, 2012 at 10:54

    On this one my vote is on katongo because he is Zambian. Whether he is PF or bemba is another matter

  29. Hurricane Sandy  November 22, 2012 at 09:51

    Am Zambia but I will not vote for Chris. I query if he is talented or ?????????? Cheve chi kamwesa, ninshi kulibe winagu aza mwesa…!!

    • Ba Zambia  November 22, 2012 at 10:13

      Indirectly confessing not to be Zambian.Ka votele aba ku mwenu, who ain’t even got a name up there! Go! Go! CK! Go! Go! Zambia!

    • king fisher  November 22, 2012 at 10:37


    • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 10:53

      Nyani iwe.

  30. blago  November 22, 2012 at 09:38

    Yaya Toure deserves it!

    • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 10:59

      I dont blame you. I will consult your mother over your foolishness.

    • king fisher  November 22, 2012 at 11:11

      thats why you even vote for wrong people to lead you

      • the tactician  November 22, 2012 at 11:24

        true king fisher…………….kekekekekekeke

  31. kangaude  November 22, 2012 at 09:17

    Dear Zambians
    The continent will have to honour our hero, Katongo for what he delivered against all odds and expectations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It will be about skill,leadership,morale and the football spirit that he displays through out his appearances for Zambia
    Listening to what is being aired by the BBC, so many people accross the continent are touting for Katongo to win including the announcers.
    Let us SEND votes on NO.4 for Katongo
    Since the vote is not secret, I have done my national duty by voting for Katongo

    • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 10:51


    • Nan  November 23, 2012 at 09:28

      He was singing dont kubeba at Afcon. So no vote from me. I go for Yaya Toure who is politically neutral

  32. CONCERNED CHRISTIAN  November 22, 2012 at 09:13

    I will vote 4 yaya Toure

  33. CONCERNED CHRISTIAN  November 22, 2012 at 09:12

    yaya toure

    • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 10:50

      Katongo you good for nothing zambian.

  34. Sivintu  November 22, 2012 at 09:12

    Just text 4 TO 0044 7786 20 50 75 in order to vote for Katongo

  35. JAMES BANDA  November 22, 2012 at 09:05


    • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 10:49

      Useless, have seen him there?

  36. Tiyeni Nazo  November 22, 2012 at 09:02

    he will come out last-mark my words. West africans will vote en-masse for their own and with south africa exhibiting petty jealous over zambian football success, we wont have the numbers that can match the west africans. Already there are a number of partisans zambians who wont bother to vote for him simply because he exhibited partisan politics on the field with his donch kubeba goal celebration dance. I hope i am wrong

    • don  November 22, 2012 at 09:48

      your vote too counts,lets vote and not just talk,we are the people my friend.have just cast mine,follow suit if you havent,otherwise what you are saying is very true

    • Ba Zambia  November 22, 2012 at 10:07

      with this attitude, Zambia would not have achieved great success,including you.Tiza ku ona aka itenga. Go! Go! CK! Go! Go! Zambia!

    • king fisher  November 22, 2012 at 10:39

      you have a point, but let us vote for him after all he is zambian

  37. H2o  November 22, 2012 at 08:51

    African fans? Whatever de case, Katongo we wish you success

  38. Politics  November 22, 2012 at 08:51

    yaya toure!

    • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 10:48

      Katongo you idiot.

      • Politics  November 22, 2012 at 11:21

        i dnt vote for juju users chicolour

        • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 14:06

          Ibolo chikala. Banoko ebamupele juju?

  39. Commander Zero  November 22, 2012 at 08:45

    The fact that it will be african footballer fans voting means Katongo can not get it!

    • john  November 22, 2012 at 09:09


    • kamunthu  November 22, 2012 at 09:44

      dont lose hope our Katongo is a champion and all africans know that and they watched him.

      • Ostrich  November 22, 2012 at 10:47

        Infact, let us all vote not just blogging. Katongo will win.

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