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African Player of the Year finalists revealed

CAF announces three-man shortlist for African Player of the Year award

December 18, 2017 By Ali M.
Mohamed Salah was an expected nominee, but one Premier League player missed out on the three-man shortlist.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the three-man shortlist for the African Player Award, which unsurprisingly features Liverpool star, Mohamed Salah. The original list contained 11 of the continent’s biggest names, but they were cut down to three finalists.

Salah can be considered the favorite for this award, having already been named BBC’s African Player of the Year for 2017. He has performed extremely well for the Reds in his second spell in the Premier League, where he currently leads the top scorers chart.

The Egyptian ace also led his nation to World Cup qualification, scoring a 94th-minute penalty to book the Pharaohs a ticket to Russia. However, Salah will face stiff competition from Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese ace also made it into the three-man shortlist after playing a vital role in Liverpool qualifying for the Champions League. He also led his national side to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final before losing on penalties to eventual champions Cameroon.

The last name on the three-man shortlist is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. His Dortmund side is currently struggling in the Bundesliga and failed to make it out of the Champions League group stage, but won the Premier League Golden Boot last season.

This means there was no room for Blues ace Victor Moses, who was influential in Chelsea’s Premier League success last season. Check out the shortlists for all of CAF’s awards below.

African Player of the Year

  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool)
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Dortmund)
  • Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool)

Women's Player of the Year

  • Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Dalian Quanjian)
  • Chrestina Kgatlana (South Africa and UWC Ladies)
  • Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene(Cameroon and CSKA Moscow)

Women's National Team of the Year

  • Ghana U-20
  • Nigeria U-20
  • South Africa

Coach of the Year

  • Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
  • Hector Cuper (Egypt)
  • L'Hussein Amoutta (Wydad Athletic Club)

National Team of the Year

  • Cameroon
  • Egypt
  • Nigeria

Club of the Year

  • Al Ahly
  • TP Mazembe
  • Wydad Athletic Club

Youth Player of the Year

  • Krepin Diatta (Senegal, Sarpsborg)
  • Patson Daka (Zambia, Liefering)
  • Salam Giddou (Mali, Guidars)

Both Nigeria and Egypt are vying for the National Team of the Year. They were the first two African teams to qualify for the World Cup, with the Super Eagles booking their ticket to Russia first. The winners will be decided in a ceremony on January 4, 2018 in Accra.

Two of the finalists, Salah and Mane, will be in action on Friday. Klopp's side faces a tricky away test at Arsenal, with the African duo expected to spearhead the Reds' attack.

Arsenal 3 - 3 Liverpool

December 22, 2017 2:45pmEmirates Stadium (London)

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