Thirty shortlisted African Players for the Glo-CAF African Player of The Year Award

Five Nigerians have been named to vie for the Glo-CAF African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (based in Africa) awards.

John Mikel Obi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa; the Nigerian football trio whom are Europe-based players have been shortlisted among the 30 players for the CAF African Player of the year award for 2016- alongside 27 other top stars which includes: Riyad Mahrez (Algeria), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon), Andre Ayew (Ghana), Victor Wanyama (Kenya) and Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire), among others.

Five Nigerians have been named to vie for the Glo-CAF African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (based in Africa) awards.

Two other Africa-based Nigerian players; Mfon Udoh of Enyimba FC and Chisom Chikatara of Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) of Morocco made the list for Africa-based player of the year (2016) award.

Kelechi Iheanacho, no doubt, has been registered in the line-up for CAF’s biggest individual award following his impressive time at Manchester City since breaking into the first team of the English outfit. The 20-year-old has already scored four goals in four games for Nigeria this year.
John Obi Mikel notably led the Nigeria under-23 team to a bronze medal finish at the Summer Olympics in Brazil this year while Ahmed Musa was the kingpin in CSKA Moscow’s title win in Russia before he crossed to the English champions Leicester City.

African players for the Glo-CAF African player of the year award

Mfon Udoh; Enyimba’s star on the other hand, currently leads the goal-scorers’ chart in this year’s CAF Champions League. He has scored nine goals and unless Zamalek’s Bassem Morsy can score six more over two legs in the final against Mamelodi Sundowns, then the Nigerian forward will take that individual prize.

However, CAF is expected to trim the number of nominees before the end of the year. The Glo-CAF Awards takes place in Abuja on January 5, 2017.

The Full List of shortlisted African Players for the Glo-CAF 2016 award is thus:

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

African Player of the year- Based in Africa

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


Source: Sports