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CAF Awards: Ten finalists for Best African Player Award

2019-12-04T14:14:27.682Z

The finalists in the different categories of the 28th edition of the CAF Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the end of the first phase of the vote. They are ten to claim as Best African Player of the Year.



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Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané against Manchester City (3-1), November 10, 2019. Carl Recine / Reuters

The finalists in the different categories of the 28th edition of the CAF Awards were unveiled on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the end of the first phase of the vote. They are ten to claim as Best African Player of the Year.

The ten finalists for the African Football Confederation's Best African Player of the Year award are now known. The final voting phase will be conducted by the senior coaches or technical directors and the senior national team captains of the CAF member associations.

Sadio Mané, who has not been on the podium of the last Ballon d'Or, is a favorite. The Senegalese international has won the Champions League with Liverpool and played the CAN final against Algeria this summer in Egypt. His club mate, Mohamed Salah, also shined with the Reds, but remains on a failed home CAN with elimination in the round of 16. The Pharaoh was elected in 2017 and 2018.

In front of them, Riayd Mahrez, elected in 2016, champion of England with Manchester City and winner of the CAN with Algeria is a scarecrow. The Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, distinguished in 2015, finalist of the Europa League against Chelsea with Arsenal is present. Like Algeria's Youcef Belaïli and Akax's Cameroon goalkeeper André Onana.

The winner will be announced at the CAF Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 in Egypt.

The complete list of finalists (in alphabetical order)

African Player of the Year

  • André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
  • Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
  • Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan)
  • Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
  • Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
  • Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua)
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
  • Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
  • Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
  • Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah)
  • African Player of the Year

  • Ajara Nchout (Cameroon & Valerenga)
  • Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria & Barcelona)
  • Gabrielle Onguene (Cameroon & CSKA Moscow)
  • Tabitha Chawinga (Malawi & Jiangsu Suning)
  • Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa & Beijing Phoenix FC)
  • African Player Interclubs of the Year

  • Anice Badri (Tunisia & Spain)
  • Kodjo Fo Doh Laba (Togo & RS Berkane / Al Ain)
  • Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Hope)
  • Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)
  • Youcef Belaïli (Algeria & Hope / Ahli Jeddah)
  • Best Hope of the Year

  • Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund)
  • Krepin Diatta (Senegal & Brugge FC)
  • Moussa Djenepo (Mali & Southampton)
  • Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria & Villarreal)
  • Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Lille)
  • Coach of the Year (M)

  • Aliou Cisse (Senegal - Senegal)
  • Christian Gross (Switzerland - Zamalek)
  • Djamel Belmadi (Algeria - Algeria)
  • Moïne Chaâbani (Tunisia - Esperance)
  • Nicolas Dupuis (France - Madagascar)
  • Coach of the Year (F)

  • Alain Djeumfa (Cameroon)
  • Bruce Mwape (Zambia)
  • Clémentine Toure (Ivory Coast)
  • Desiree Ellis (South Africa)
  • Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)
  • National Men's Team of the Year

  • Algeria
  • Madagascar
  • Nigeria
  • Senegal
  • Tunisia
  • National Women's Team of the Year

  • Cameroon
  • Ivory Coast
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Zambia
  • Source: rfi

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