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Mahrez, Mikel Obi, Iheanacho make 30-man shortlist for African Player of the Year

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), have announced 30 players who are up for the African Player of the Year award.

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Four-time winner Yaya Toure, who also made the final three last year is the obvious omission. But Andre Ayew, Islam Slimani, Mohamed Elneny, Victor Wanyama, John Obi Mikel, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa, Yannick Bolasie, Sadio Mane and Wahbi Khazri made the cut.

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The current holder of the award, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is also included and is a strong favourite to win it for the second year running.

Nigerian strikers, Mfon Udoh of Enyimba and Chisom Chikatara of Wydad, are listed as two of 25 nominees for the African Player of the Year Based in Africa award.

The event will take place on January 5, 2017 in Abuja.

African Player of the Year

  1. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)
  2. El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb)
  3. Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City)
  4. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor)
  5. Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient)
  6. Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & PSG)
  7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester City)
  8. Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire & Hebei Fortune)
  9. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)
  10. Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal)
  11. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund)
  12. Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham)
  13. Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham)
  14. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)
  15. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
  16. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
  17. John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea)
  18. Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City)
  19. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City)
  20. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)
  21. Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton)
  22. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
  23. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
  24. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  25. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)
  26. Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk)
  27. Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia)
  28. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland)
  29. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  30. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

  1. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  2. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)
  3. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)
  4. Joel Kimwaki (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
  5. Joyce Lomalisa (DR Congo & AS Vita)
  6. Salif Coulibaly (Mali & TP Mazembe)
  7. Ali Gabr (Egypt & Zamalek)
  8. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  9. Jackson Mwanza (Zambia & Zesco United)
  10. Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)
  11. Elia Meschak (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
  12. Aymen Hefny (Egypt & Zamalek)
  13. Morgan Betorangal (Chad & MO Bejaia)
  14. Hlompho Kekana (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  15. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)
  16. Jesse Were (Kenya & Zesco United)
  17. Idris Mbombo (DR Congo & Zesco United)
  18. Chisom Chikatara (Nigeria & Wydad Athletic Club)
  19. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)
  20. Reda Hajhouj (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
  21. Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (Congo & Wydad Athletic Club)
  22. Mfon Udon (Nigeria & Enyimba)
  23. Bassem Morsi (Egypt & Zamalek)
  24. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  25. Yannick Zakri (Cote d’Ivoire & Mamelodi Sundowns)

3 Comments on Mahrez, Mikel Obi, Iheanacho make 30-man shortlist for African Player of the Year

  1. I think Mahrez will win it

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  2. Kelechi should win it

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  3. Nice one!!!

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