Ghana and Olympique Marseille midfielder Andre Ayew announced Thursday that he would work hard to land the African Player of the Year title in 2012 after failing to clinch it in Accra on Thursday.
"I’ll do my best to win and will fight till I get it. As a player, I expect to go higher. It’s natural to be disappointed about not winning the award on home soil," Ayew said at a press conference after winners were announced.
The 22-year-old midfielder finished third at this year’s CAF awards in the Ghanain capital, behind Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure and Mali’s Seydou Keita.
“I’m proud to finish behind players like Toure and Keita,” said Ayew.
Mali and Barcelona midfielder Seydou Keita, meanwhile, saw second place as a major achievement after having had a wonderful season with Spanish giants Barcelona.
“I congratulate Toure on winning first place. I’m very happy to have come this far. It’s a great achievement for me and I hope to build on it,” Keita said.