African Footballer of the Year Nominees

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses and Mohamed Salah have been nominated for the African Footballer of the Year award.

The award, which was first won by Salif Keita in 1970, has included Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the shortlist for the last five years in a row, while Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is nominated for the third time.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been shortlisted for the African Player of the Year in each of the past five seasons, winning in 2015 and coming second in 2014 and 2016. His goalscoring numbers have improved in every season since joining Borussia Dortmund in 2013, and has 135 goals in 206 appearances for the club.

Chelsea’s Victor Moses is the only player on the list to enjoy domestic success last season, earning a starting spot at right wingback as Chelsea claimed their sixth Premier League title, and helped Nigeria qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Former Chelsea man and current Liverpool sharpshooter Mohamed Salah has made a blistering return to the Premier League, topping the scoring charts on Merseyside and solidifying icon status on the international stage when his penalty booked a first World Cup appearance for Egypt since 1990.

Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane was a key performer in Jurgen Klopp’s squad from 2016/17, finishing the season as joint-top scorer as The Reds earned a spot in the Champions League for only the second time since 2010.

Completing a soon-to-be trio of Liverpool players is Naby Keita, currently of RB Leipzig, who was named in the Bundesliga Team of the Season for a sparkling maiden campaign in Germany – scoring eight goals and assisting seven as RB Leipzig finished second and qualified for the Champions League.

Borussia Dortmund hitman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoyed a prolific campaign last term, smashing in 35 goals, winning the German Cup and earning a spot as the only African on FIFA’s Player of the Year shortlist.

Who gets your vote for African Footballer of the Year? You can have your say on BBC.com until November 27. The winner will be announced on December 11.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Who cares? It’s meaningless. Just as the stupid Ballon d’Or is. Football is a team sport. Bullshit like this only inflates egos and leads to players wanting to shine individually instead of looking to pass to a team mate in a better position.

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