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Chelsea duo shortlisted for African Player of the Year gong

Chelsea colleagues Didier Drogba and Michael Essien have both been shortlisted for the CAF African Player of the Year award, with Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o completing the three-man final list. Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor, the winner of the 2008 award, was not in the running.

Ivory Coast captain Drogba picked up the 2006 award after helping Chelsea to a second consecutive Premier League title.

Cameroon skipper Eto'o had won the award in each of the previous three years.

Ghana midfielder Essien, who also captains his country, has never won the award despite making the final shortlist three times.

The winner will be announced in a ceremony in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on March 11.

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