Zambian Skipper Katongo shortlisted for BBC footballer of the year

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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. AM VOTING FOR KATONGO.HE IS A TEAM LEADER INDEED.

    Bruce Mweemba - November 23, 2012
    09:47

  2. 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.

    Doyle - November 23, 2012
    08:52

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

    joseph hillz - November 22, 2012
    21:46

  4. katongo don’t kubeba wilalila ashh

    rapsody - November 22, 2012
    20:54

  5. 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?

    lead vocalist - November 22, 2012
    18:53

  6. 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?

    lead vocalist - November 22, 2012
    18:47

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

    Time saver - November 22, 2012
    18:13

  8. Christopher Katongo has my vote, go zambia go!!

    flossy flo - November 22, 2012
    16:53

  9. SMS COST ONLY K542.00

    Awaiting - November 22, 2012
    16:11

    • wch currency ;rebased or the current one?

      Evelyn Hone reloaded - November 23, 2012
      04:20

  10. 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

    kangaude - November 22, 2012
    15:21

  11. 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

    ZedPatriot - November 22, 2012
    15:19

  12. all of you people who believe that katongo uses juju are primitive people.do 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

    amona - November 22, 2012
    14:15

  13. 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.

    JOE BUGNER KALIMBA - November 22, 2012
    14:06

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

    politiko analyst - November 22, 2012
    13:51

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

    CHIBBY - November 22, 2012
    13:15

  16. 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!

    Gabriel - November 22, 2012
    13:13

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

    mapenzi muZambia aya kumbele - November 22, 2012
    13:08

    • 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.

      Man -Abel - November 22, 2012
      13:25

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

        oliver - November 22, 2012
        15:13

        • 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.

          stone - November 22, 2012
          17:06

  18. 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.

    My Opinion - November 22, 2012
    13:07

    • thanks

      joe bk - November 22, 2012
      14:15

  19. Whatever!!!

    Lolly Brown - November 22, 2012
    13:00

  20. Yaya Toure

    ZK - November 22, 2012
    12:41

    • Chikala cha wiso.

      Bj5 - November 22, 2012
      15:44

  21. 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

    from nsengaland with love - November 22, 2012
    12:41

    • we chipuba wee

      cm - November 22, 2012
      14:34

    • I agree with you sir 100%

      Monde - November 23, 2012
      09:26

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

    Kiki - November 22, 2012
    12:15

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

    Ruru - November 22, 2012
    11:59

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

    Blessed - November 22, 2012
    11:59

    • u relly blassd

      joe bk - November 22, 2012
      14:17

  25. NIWEBO WAMPELE UMUTI PAKUTILA ULELANDA PAFITU IFYO TAWISHIBE?
    JEALOUSY.BA GOOD FOR NOTHING IMWE

    NTC - November 22, 2012
    11:58

  26. Katongo to much juju…my vote goes to Yayaaa!

    Politics - November 22, 2012
    11:22

  27. Seleni Katongo abombeko!

    Be Serious - November 22, 2012
    10:54

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

    Umkonto We Sizwe - November 22, 2012
    10:54

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

    Hurricane Sandy - November 22, 2012
    09:51

    • 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!

      Ba Zambia - November 22, 2012
      10:13

    • idiot

      king fisher - November 22, 2012
      10:37

    • Nyani iwe.

      Ostrich - November 22, 2012
      10:53

  30. Yaya Toure deserves it!

    blago - November 22, 2012
    09:38

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

      Ostrich - November 22, 2012
      10:59

    • thats why you even vote for wrong people to lead you

      king fisher - November 22, 2012
      11:11

      • true king fisher…………….kekekekekekeke

        the tactician - November 22, 2012
        11:24

  31. 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

    kangaude - November 22, 2012
    09:17

    • Bravo!

      Ostrich - November 22, 2012
      10:51

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

      Nan - November 23, 2012
      09:28

  32. I will vote 4 yaya Toure

    CONCERNED CHRISTIAN - November 22, 2012
    09:13

  33. yaya toure

    CONCERNED CHRISTIAN - November 22, 2012
    09:12

    • Katongo you good for nothing zambian.

      Ostrich - November 22, 2012
      10:50

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

    Sivintu - November 22, 2012
    09:12

  35. mweene

    JAMES BANDA - November 22, 2012
    09:05

    • Useless, have seen him there?

      Ostrich - November 22, 2012
      10:49

  36. 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

    Tiyeni Nazo - November 22, 2012
    09:02

    • 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

      don - November 22, 2012
      09:48

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

      Ba Zambia - November 22, 2012
      10:07

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

      king fisher - November 22, 2012
      10:39

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

    H2o - November 22, 2012
    08:51

  38. yaya toure!

    Politics - November 22, 2012
    08:51

    • Katongo you idiot.

      Ostrich - November 22, 2012
      10:48

      • i dnt vote for juju users chicolour

        Politics - November 22, 2012
        11:21

        • Ibolo chikala. Banoko ebamupele juju?

          Ostrich - November 22, 2012
          14:06

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

    Commander Zero - November 22, 2012
    08:45

    • KATONGO IS GETTING IT I LIVE ABROAD ZED AM IN THE WEST BUT KATONGO HAS REALLY MADE A NAME THEY O TOK OF HIM SO HIS GOT CHANCE

      john - November 22, 2012
      09:09

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

      kamunthu - November 22, 2012
      09:44

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

        Ostrich - November 22, 2012
        10:47