Ki and Ayew shortlisted for awards
4th November 2015
Swansea City's Ki Sung-Yueng and Andre Ayew have been shortlisted for Asian and African player awards.
Ayew is one of ten nominations for the African player of the year accolade.
The 25-year-old scored ten goals in 29 appearances for Marseille last season as he helped them to fourth place in Ligue 1.
In January, he was a key figure for Ghana as they lost in the final of the African Cup of Nations, with Ayew finishing the competition as top scorer.
This season, the Ghanaian forward has taken the Barclays Premier League by storm, scoring five goals - and one assist - in 11 league appearances since joining the Swans from Marseille in the summer.
He marked his debut with a neat close-range finish against Chelsea while he also netted the equaliser during the win over Manchester United. That saw him named August player of the month with three goals in four games.
Previously voted BBC African Footballer of the Year and Ghana's Player of the Year. Ayew faces competition from the likes of Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touré, Southampton's Sadio Mané and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund as he bids to be named African player of the year for a record fifth time.
The winner is due to be revealed on January 7 at a ceremony in Nigeria.
Midfielder Ki has been nominated for the South East Asian Player accolade along with Southampton's Maya Yoshida and Chelsea Ladies Ji So-Yun.
Ki enjoyed the best season of his career during 2014-15, scoring eight goals in 34 matches as the Swans achieved their best points tally and highest position in the Barclays Premier League.
The 26-year-old, named Korean FA player of the year in 2011 and the following year, also captained South Korea to the Asian Cup final, where they lost to hosts Australia.
The winner will be announced during a function at Wembley Stadium on November 19.
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