Moses, Tau others Battle for African Player of the Year award

Chelsea star, Victor Moses, Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango and teammate Percy Tau have been nominated for the African Player of the Year Award, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.

Last season, Moses was instrumental as Chelsea won the Premier League title, playing 34 games and contributing to six goals over the course of the season and also featured in the final of the FA Cup. He was the Super Eagles best player in the third round of the World Cup qualifying series, scoring three goals and providing an assist.

Onyango‚ who emerged the reigning African Player of the Year based in Africa following his exploits when his club won the CAF Champions League last year‚ and Tau have been the stand-out and consistent performers for coach Pitso Mosimane in all competitions over the past two seasons.

They are facing stiff competition from the likes of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester United defender Eric Bailly‚ Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Liverpool‚ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund‚ Senegal and Liverpool star striker Sadio Mane and Bursapor defender William Troost-Ekong.

The Confederation of African Football on Wednesday published the names of the thirty most outstanding players in Africa in the last one year, and also the players nominated for African Player of the Year – Based in Africa 2017.

Nigeria U23 international Junior Ajayi has been nominated for the African Player of the Year – Based in Africa 2017 after helping Al Ahly qualify for the final of the CAF Champions League.

The winner will be decided by votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF Technical and Development Committee and a panel of media experts.

The awards Gala will be held on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

African Player of the Year Nominees

  1. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
  2. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Lyon)
  3. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)
  4. Christian Atsu (Ghana & Newcastle)
  5. Christian Bassogog (Cameroon & Henan Jianye)
  6. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)
  8. Essam El Hadary (Egypt & Al Taawoun)
  9. Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon & Sevilla)
  10. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)
  11. Jean Michel Seri (Cote d’Ivoire & Nice)
  12. Junior Kabananga (DR Congo & Astana)
  13. Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)
  14. Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)
  15. Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor)
  16. Mbwana Samata (Tanzania & Genk)
  17. Michael Olunga (Kenya & Girona)
  18. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
  19. Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)
  20. Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)
  21. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)
  23. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
  24. Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)
  25. Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)
  26. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto)
  27. William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria & Bursaspor)
  28. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)
  29. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia & Al Duhail)
  30. Yves Bissouma (Mali & Lille)

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

  1. Achraf Bencharki (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
  2. Ahmed Fathi (Egypt & Al Ahly)
  3. Alkhaly Bangoura (Guinea & Etoile du Sahel)
  4. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
  5. Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso & Al Masry)
  6. Ayman Majid (Morocco & FUS Rabat)
  7. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)
  8. Ben Malango (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
  9. Dean Furman (South Africa & Supersport United)
  10. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  11. Elsamani Saadeldin (Sudan & Al Merreikh)
  12. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)
  13. Fawzi Chaouchi (Algeria & MC Alger)
  14. Geoffrey Serunkuma (Uganda & KCCA)
  15. Jeremy Brockie (New Zealand & Supersport)
  16. Junior Ajayi (Nigeria & Al Ahly)
  17. Karim Aouadhi (Tunisia & CS Sfaxien)
  18. Mohamed Meftah (Algeria & USM Alger)
  19. Mohamed Ounnajem (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
  20. Muaid Ellafi (Libya & Ahly Tripoli)
  21. Nasr Eldin Ahmed (Sudan & Hilal Obeid)
  22. Oussama Darfalou (Algeria & USM Alger)
  23. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  24. Sabelo Ndzinisa (Swaziland & Mbabane Swallows)
  25. Saber Khalifa (Tunisia & Club Africain)
  26. Saladin Said (Ethiopia & Saint George)
  27. Sylvain Gbohouo (Cote d’Ivoire & TP Mazembe)
  28. Tady Etekiama (DR Congo & AS Vita)
  29. Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)
  30. Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)

 

 

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