Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah chases the ball during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS
The Confederation of African Football announced the top three finalists for the award of the African Player of the Year. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane made the list, completed by Gabonese star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Nigeria’s Victor Moses didn’t make the final shortlist. The Chelsea wing-back was part of the 11 nominees that were shortlisted for the award in November.
Salah remains the favourite to win the award after he emerged the 2017 BBC African Footballer of the year.
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr was in the final shortlist for the Coach of the year award after his brilliant year with the Nigerian Men’s National team. The Franco-German will vie for the prize with Egypt Men’s national team coach, Hector Cuper and CAF Champions League winning coach L’Hussein Amoutta.
Asisat Oshoala could make it a third African Women’s Footballer of the Year, after she was announced in final, shortlist for her category.
The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.
African Player of the Year
Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon and Dortmund)
Sadio Mane (Senegal and Liverpool)
Women’s Player of the Year
Asisat Oshoala (Nigeria and Dalian Quanjian)
Chrestina Kgatlana (South Africa and UWC Ladies)
Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene(Cameroon and CSKA Moscow)
Youth Player of the Year
Krepin Diatta (Senegal and Sarpsborg)
Patson Daka (Zambia and Liefering)
Salam Giddou (Mali and Guidars)
Coach of the Year
Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)
Hector Cuper (Egypt)
L’Hussein Amoutta (Wydad Athletic Club)
Club of the Year
Wydad Athletic Club
National Team of the Year
Women’s National Team of the Year