Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Mohamed Salah are contenders for the African Player of the Year award after Caf released a final star-studded list of nominees for 2022.
Apart from the Player of the Year category, another group that is expected to attract stiff competition is the Coach of the Year category.
Pitso Mosimane, who was in charge of Al Ahly during the period under consideration, Aliou Cisse, who won the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal, and Wydad Casablanca’s Walid Regragui – a 2021/2022 Champions League winner – are among the contestants.
10 nominees have been shortlisted for the Player of the Year and Inter-club Player of the Year, while the Young Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, National Team of the Year, and Club of the Year categories have five nominees each.
The winners will be decided by a voting panel that is made up of Caf’s technical committee, media professionals, head coaches, and captains of member associations and clubs involved in the group stage of the inter-club competition for last season.
“The women’s category final shortlist will be announced in due course,” Caf announced.
List of final nominees:
Player of the Year (Men)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon & Olympique Lyonnais)
Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon & Al Nassr)
Sebastien Haller (Cote d’Ivoire & Ajax)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
Naby Keita (Guinea & Liverpool)
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Paris Saint-Germain)
Edouard Mendy (Senegal & Chelsea)
Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
Sadio Mane (Senegal & Bayern Munich)
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