Full List Of African Player Of The Year Nominees Revealed. The African Football Confederation (CAF) has announced a 30-man shortlist for the African Player of the Year award.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CAF cancelled the previous two years’ award ceremonies. Sadio Mane was the last player to win the accolade in 2019, and he is one of the favourites to win it again this year. Mane captained Senegal to their first Africa Cup of Nations title in February. After that, the Lions of Teranga overcame Egypt in a tough play-off to clinch a spot in the 2022 World Cup.
Mohamed Salah, a former Liverpool teammate of Mane, is another noteworthy nominee. The Egyptian star earned the Golden Boot for the Premier League for the third time before winning the Player of the Season honours from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and the Football Writers’ Association (FWA).
An additional nominee from the English top division is Riyad Mahrez, who won the Premier League with Manchester City. With Youssouf M’Changama and Musa Barrow making the list, the Gambia and Comoros are only rarely represented. The AFCON campaigns that both players ran were excellent.
Let’s look at the whole list of contenders for the African Player of the Year award in 2022.
African Player of the Year award: Full List Of Nominees
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
- Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Aston Villa)
- Blati Toure (Burkina Faso & Pyramids)
- Edmund Tapsoba (Burkina Faso & Bayer Leverkusen)
- Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon & Napoli)
- Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon & Lyon)
- Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Al Nassr)
- Youssouf M’Changama (Comoros & Guingamp)
- Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast & AC Milan)
- Sebastien Haller (Ivory Coast & Ajax)
- Mohamed Abdelmonem (Egypt & Al Ahly)
- Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
- Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)
- Musa Barrow (The Gambia & Bologna)
- Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool)
- Aliou Dieng (Mali & Al Ahly)
- Hamari Traore (Mali & Rennes)
- Yves Bissouma (Mali & Tottenham Hotspur)
- Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Paris St-Germain)
- Sofiane Boufal (Morocco & Angers)
- Yahya Jabrane (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
- Yassine Bounou (Morocco & Sevilla)
- Moses Simon (Nigeria & Nantes)
- Edouard Mendy (Senegal & Chelsea)
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
- Nampalys Mendy (Senegal & Leicester City)
- Sadio Mane (Senegal & Bayern Munich)
- Saliou Ciss (Senegal & Nancy)
- Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal)