The Confederation of African Football has announced a 10-man shortlist for the continent's footballer of the year award, with the Premier League featuring heavily.
Drogba's former Blues teammate John Obi Mikel is the only Nigerian named on the shortlist.
The 10-man list will be whittled down to three names ahead of an awards ceremony in Ghana to announce the winner on Thursday, December 20.
Shortlist for the 2012 African Footballer of the Year award:
Alex Song, Andre Ayew, Christopher Katongo, Demba Ba, Didier Drogba, Gervinho, John Obi Mikel, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Yaya Toure, Younes Belhanda.