2 November 2017
Super Eagles duo of Victor Moses (Chelsea FC England) and William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor Turkey) have been listed in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) 30-man shortlists for the 2017 African Player of the Year and Africa-Based Player of the Year unveiled on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt.
Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who won in 2015, features along with a host of Europe-based stars, such as Sadio Mane of Senegal who came third in 2016.
However, 2016 winner Riyad Mahrez of Algeria is a notable absentee from the main list.
All but seven of the nominees play for European clubs, with Egypt’s Essam El Hadary on the list at the age of 44.
The veteran goalkeeper plays his club football in Saudi Arabia for Al-Taawoun.
Four players made both the best Africa Player and best Africa-Based Player shortlists. They are Tunisia’s Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), South Africa’s Percy Tau, Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango (both Mamelodi Sundowns) and Zambia’s Fackson Kapumbu (Zesco United).
Another Nigerian, Junior Ajayi, who plies his trade with Al Ahly of Egypt made the list for the Africa-Based Player of the Year award
The respective winners will be announced in the Ghanaian capital Accra on 4 January 2018.
Votes from a combination of head coaches and technical directors from national teams, as well as members of CAF’s Technical and Development Committee and a panel of media experts will determine the winners.