African Player of the Year nominees: Ihenancho, Mikel, 3 Others Nigerians Makes List

African football body CAF released Saturday the lists of nominees for the two major annual individual awards, the African Player of the Year and the Africa-based Player of the Year:

African Player of the Year (30 nominees)
Algeria: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City/ENG), Islam Slimani (Leicester City/ENG), El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb/CRO)

Cameroon: Samuel Eto’o (Antalyaspor/TUR), Benjamin Mounkandjo(Lorient/FRA)

Democratic Republic of Congo: Cedric Bakambu (Villareal/ESP), Yannick Bolasie (Everton/ENG)

Egypt: Mohamed El Neny (Arsenal/ENG), Mohamed Salah (Roma/ITA)

Gabon: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund/GER, holder)

Ghana: Andre Ayew (West Ham/ENG)

Ivory Coast: Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Eric Bailly (Manchester Utd/ENG), Gervinho (Hebei Fortune/CHN)

Kenya: Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG) Liberia: William Jebor (Wydad Casablanca/MAR)

Morocco: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus/ITA), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam/NED)

Nigeria: Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City/ENG), John Obi Mikel (Chelsea/ENG), Ahmed Musa (Leicester City/ENG)

Senegal: Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli/ITA), Sadio Mane (Liverpool/ENG)

South Africa: Keegan Dolly (Mamelodi Sundowns), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

Tanzania: Mbwana Samatta (Genk/BEL)

Tunisia: Aymen Abdennour (Valencia/ESP), Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland/ENG)

Uganda: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA)

Zimbabwe: Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA) Africa-based Player of the Year (25 nominees)

Chad: Morgan Betorangal (Mouloudia Bejaia/ALG)

Congo Brazzaville: Fabrice Ondama (Wydad Casablanca/MAR)

DR Congo: Joel Kimwaki, Elia Meschak (both TP Mazembe), Joyce Lomalisa (V Club), Idris Mbombo (ZESCO Utd/ZAM)

Egypt: Ali Gabr, Ayman Hefny, Bassem Morsy (all Zamalek)

Ivory Coast: Yannick Zakri (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA)

Kenya: Jesse Were (ZESCO Utd/ZAM)

Liberia: William Jebor (Wydad Casablanca/MAR)

Mali: Salif Coulibaly (TP Mazembe/COD)

Morocco: Reda Hajhouj (Wydad Casablanca)

Nigeria: Chisom Chikatara (Wydad Casablanca/MAR), Mfon Udoh (Enyimba)

South Africa: Keegan Dolly, Hlompho Kekana (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs)

Uganda: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA)

Tunisia: Hamza Lahmar, Aymen Mathlouthi (both Etoile Sahel)

Zambia: Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe/COD), Jackson Mwanza (ZESCO Utd)

Zimbabwe: Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA) Notes — CAF media, technical and development committees, journalists and TV consultants and national coaches or national technical directors will be involved in selection process — Abuja hosts awards ceremony on Jan 5 2017

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