Former Asante Kotoko star Ibrahim Sunday has expressed his thoughts on why Ghanaian players had missed out on honours in the African continent.
The ex Werder Breman player in an interview with footballmadeinGhana insisted there’s more to Ghanaian players missing out on the African Player of the Year award than just performance.
“It’s strange [no Ghanaian has won the award since 1993],”
“One thing we have to know is that today the selection is different from the past and we have more French-speaking countries in Africa than English speaking countries.
“So if it will come to a vote, the French-speaking people will vote for their players, unless an English-speaking African country has a player who is a genius”, Sunday is quoted by Goal.
“Now it’s more difficult than before. When France Football was doing, it was a bit fine because they were going in for exactly what they saw, but now it’s more about votes and opinions”, he added.
Ibrahim Sunday since winning the African Player of the Year award in 1971, only Abdul Karim Razak and Abedi Pele have won the accolade with the latter taking home Ghana’s last in 1993.
From 1993, three Ghanaian players have only managed to come second to winning the title; Samuel Osei Kuffuor in 1999 and 2001, Essien in 2007, and Asamoah Gyan in 2010.