Three Super Eagles stars, Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Ahmed Musa (Al-Nassr) and Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai) have been nominated alongside Liverpool’s Mohammed Salah and 31 others for the 2018 CAF Player of the Year award.
ℹ Here is the list of nominees for the various categories of the CAF Awards 2018⬇️⬇️:
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The 34-man list was released today by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the players have been selected based on the performance of the players during the year.
Fortunes changed for Musa after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, following a spectacular showing which earned him a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr from English Premier League side, Leicester City.
Alex Iwobi enjoyed a brilliant season with Arsenal but fell short at the World Cup after playing a key role to Nigeria’s qualification. Igahlo achieved a remarkable feat for his clubside as he emerged their all-time highest goalscorer but did not sparkle at the World Cup as expected.
Mohammed Salah is the current holder of the crown and he is hot favourites to retain the gong despite a World Cup campaign hampered by injuries. He led Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League final in May and that could swing it his way again.
The winners for the African Player of the Year and Women’s Player of the Year will be decided by the CAF Technical & Development Committee, Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup and Coaches and Captains of the national teams of the 54 Member Associations.
The Awards Gala, to honour footballers and officials who distinguished themselves during the year under review, will be held on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.
The full list of nominees:
1. Abdelmoumene Djabou (Algeria & ES Setif)
2. Ahmed Gomaa (Egypt & El Masry)
3. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Al-Nassr )
4. Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)
5. Andre Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
6. Anis Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)
7. Ayoub El Kaabi (Morocco & Hebei China Fortune)
8. Ben Malango (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
9. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
10. Fanev Andriatsima (Madagascar & Clermont Foot)
11. Franck Kom (Cameroon & Esperance)
12. Jacinto Muondo Dala ‘Gelson’ (Angola & Primeiro de Agosto)
13. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
14. Idrissa Gueye (Senegal & Everton)
15. Ismail Haddad (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
16. Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele (DR Congo & AS Vita)
17. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
18. Mahmoud Benhalib (Morocco & Raja Club Athletic)
19. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
20. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
21. Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)
22. Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool)
23. Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Changchun Yatai, Nigeria)
24. Percy Tau (South Africa & Union Saint-Gilloise)
25. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
26. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
27. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
28. Taha Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)
29. Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)
30. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Saint-Étienne)
31. Walid Soliman (Egypt & Ahly)
32. Wilfried Zaha (Cote d’Ivoire & Crystal Palace)
33. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)
34. Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Esperance)