By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Demba Ba has been named on the ten-man shortlist for the 2012 African Player of the Year award.
The Senegalese front man netted 16 goals in his first season on Tyneside, and has begun the 2012/13 campaign in equally-impressive form, netting seven times in just 11 appearances.
Ba, aged 27, is one of four Premier League-based players on the list, with Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and Arsenal forward Gervinho.
The candidates will be reduced to a final list of three at the end of November, with the winner announced at a ceremony next month.
African Player of the Year - Ten-Man Shortlist
Alexander Song (Barcelona/Cameroon)
Andre Ayew (Marseille/Ghana)
Christopher Katongo (Henan Construction/Zambia)
Demba Ba (Newcastle United/Senegal)
Didier Drogba (Shanghai Shenhua/Ivory Coast)
Gervinho (Arsenal/Ivory Coast)
John Obi Mikel (Chelsea/Nigeria)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Saint Etienne/Gabon)
Yaya Toure (Manchester City/Ivory Coast)
Younes Belhanda (Montpellier/Morocco)