The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has revealed its preliminary lists of nominees for the 2019 African men’s and women’s Player of the Year awards.
30 names have been revealed for the men’s category, with 10 of the nominees playing in the English Premier League.
Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who has won the men’s title for the last two years, is joined on the list by his two Liverpool team-mates, Sadio Mane of Senegal and Guinea’s Naby Keita, following their European Champions League success.
Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, who helped Algeria win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, is one of four Algerians nominated for the men’s award – more than any other nation.
Some nominees on the men’s shortlist are also named on other lists, including Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango who is also nominated for the newly-named African Interclubs Player of the year award which has been re-introduced by Caf to reward Africa-based players.
Others, including Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi and Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen, also appear on the African Youth Player of the Year list.
Madagascar’s famous run to the quarterfinals of the 2019 Nations Cup, on their tournament debut, has earned them a place on the list for the men’s national team of the year, with their coach Nicolas Dupuis also nominated.
In the women’s player category, the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France is well represented with seven of the 10 names on the list having featured at France 2019.
Nigeria have three players on the list including three-times former Caf award winner Asisat Oshoala. Last year’s winner Thembi Kgatlana of South Africa is also named.