There was no award since 2019 due to COVID-19 and the choice to change the same old qualification interval.
Senegalese celebrity Sadio Mane heads a listing of 10 nominees for the African Footballer of the 12 months award, to be handed out later this month for the primary time in three years, the Confederation of African Soccer (CAF) has introduced.
The nominee listing was revealed on Monday.
Mane, who gained the final award in 2019, shall be favoured to win once more after a season by which he helped Senegal to their first Africa Cup of Nations title plus qualification to the World Cup in Qatar.
He additionally had cup success with Liverpool at membership degree however has since moved to Bayern Munich.
His former teammates Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah are additionally among the many 10 nominees, together with Manchester Metropolis’s Riyad Mahrez. Salah gained the award in 2017 and 2018 and Mahrez in 2016.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the choice to change the qualification interval from the calendar 12 months to the 2021-22 season is the rationale why there was no award for the final three years, CAF officers informed the Reuters information company.
The winner shall be determined by a judging panel made up of members of CAF’s technical committee, press and coaches and captains of Africa’s 54 nationwide groups and shall be introduced at a gala in Rabat, Morocco on July 21.
- Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon);
- Achraf Hakimi (Morocco);
- Sebastien Haller (Ivory Coast);
- Naby Keita (Guinea);
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal);
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria),
- Sadio Mane (Senegal);
- Edouard Mendy (Senegal);
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt) and
- Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon).