Saturday, 18 November, 2017

African Footballer of the Year - who will be on the shortlist?

African Footballer of the Year African Footballer of the Year- who will be on the shortlist?LiveListen to World Service coverage here
Spencer Simpson | 13 November, 2017, 02:08

BBC will announce the victor of this year's award on Monday, 11 December.

Moses made the shortlist of five alongside Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinea and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, Senegal and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, and Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah.

Female footballer and Nigerian global Asisat Lamina Oshoala MON has queried the exclusion of female nominee as voting for the BBC's African Player of the Year prize opens.

The nominees were decided by Africa-based journalists and coaches and BBC staff.

The former Liverpool player may have expected that female category for the African Player of the Year should be created which would have gone a long way to boost hardworking female players in the continent or reserve a spot in the five-man shortlist for female players.

Hakim Benammar: Tunisian player Youssef Msakni is one the best in Africa, also Salah, Mane, Moses, Aboubacar.

Moses has thrived under Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, becoming a key figure at right wing-back for the Premier League title winners last season.

Liverpool's then-record buy finished his first season at the club as the joint top scorer as the Reds qualified for the Champions League with only their second top-four finish in eight years.

He also performed at club level - scoring 15 goals and making 11 others as Roma finished Serie A runners-up behind Juventus before starting his Liverpool career in equally impressive fashion, with 12 goals from his first 17 games.

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