CAF Releases 2016 African Player of the Year Shortlist- See How Many Nigerians Have Been Included

​The Confederation of African Football (CAF)  has released a -man shortlist for the 2016 CAF African Player of the Year Award.  Included are 3 Nigerians all plying their trade in the English Premier League. Find the full list below.

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


    Similarly, the 25-man shirtlist for th African Player of the Year-Based in Africa was released. Only one Nigeian playing in the domestic league was included, which says a lot about the level of the league. This is the full list.

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

     The CAF 2016 Awards Gala will be held on Thursday, 5 January 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.

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