Liverpool and Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah was among 10 African stars nominated on Friday in a Premier League-dominated short-list for the 2018 CAF Player of the Year award.
The 26-year-old scored 44 goals for Liverpool in all competition last season, his first at Anfield after moving from AS Roma, and is set to be voted number one in Africa once again. Salah, having a slow start to his second season in Premier league, Salah is joint leading EPL goalscorer on 10 goals with Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal.
Salah and 2015 African Player of the Year Aubameyang are among five candidates from Premier League, with Manchester City winger Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, who won the award back in 2016 subsequent of helping Leicester City to a noteworthy historical Premier League title
While Senegalese forward Sadio Mane and Nigerian Alex Iwobi of Arsenal are other nominees from the most-watched football league in the world.
Asisat Oshoala has won three of the last five editions of the award, and in 2018 she helped Nigeria’s Super Falcons win a 9th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations title. If she wins in Dakar, the former FC Robo Queens star will become the first Woman to ever win three of the CAF Africa Women’s Player of the Year.
However, she’ll face tough competition from teammate Francisca Ordega and South Africa’s Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana, who was voted best player of the 2018 AWCON
There are two goalkeepers competing to wind up the first to win the award since Badou Zaki of Morocco 32 years ago – Cameroonian Andre Onana of Ajax Amsterdam and Ugandan Denis Onyango from South African club Mamelodi Sundowns.
French coach Herve Renard, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia and the Ivory Coast and is currently in charge of Morocco, is among three Coach nominated for ‘Coach of the year award”
Aliou Cisse of Senegal and Moine Chaabani, who guided Tunisian side Esperance to the CAF Champions League title in the wake of being placed in control of the team just one match before the final.
The award winners will be officially announced on January 8 in Dakar.
African Player of the Year
- 1. Alex Iwobi (Nigeria & Arsenal)
- 2. Andre Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
- 3. Anis Badri (Tunisia & Esperance)
- 4. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
- 5. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
- 6. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
- 7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
- 8. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
- 9. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
- 10. Walid Soliman (Egypt & Ahly)
Women’s Player of the Year
- 1. Abdulai Mukarama (Ghana & Northern Ladies)
- 2. Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Dilian Quanjian)
- 3. Bassira Toure (Mali & AS Mande)
- 4. Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Houston Dash)
- 5. Elizabeth Addo (Ghana & Seattle Reign)
- 6. Francisca Ordega (Nigeria & Washington Spirit)
- 7. Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moskow)
- 8. Janine Van Wyk (South Africa & Houston Dash)
- 9. Onome Ebi (Nigeria & Hekan Huisanhang)
- 10. Raissa Feudjio (Cameroon & Aland United)
- 11. Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning)
Youth Player of the Year
- 1. Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmunmd)
- 2. Franck Kessie (Cote d’Ivoire & AC Milan)
- 3. Wilfred Ndidi (Nigeria & Leicester City)
Men’s Coach of the Year
- 1. Aliou Cisse (Senegal)
- 2. Herve Renard (Morocco)
- 3. Moine Chaabani (Esperance)
Women’s Coach of the Year
- 1. Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
- 2. Joseph Brian Ndoko (Cameroon)
- 3. Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
Men’s National Team of the Year
- 1. Madagascar
- 2. Mauritania
- 3. Uganda
Women’s National Team of the Year
- 1. Cameroon
- 2. Nigeria
- 3. South Africa