The Confederations of African Football (CAF) has finally dropped its final shortlisted candidates for the prestigious 2022 African Player of the Year award.
The final 10-player shortlisted has been dominated by usual suspects in Algeria’s Riyad Mahre, Senegal’s Sadio Mane and Egypt’s Mohammed Salah,
Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez won the Premier League title with Manchester City and also played a key role in the team reaching the last four.
Egypt’s Mohammed Salah had an incredible season winning two trophies with Liverpool (FA Cup and Carabao Cup).
Salah also played a key role as Liverpool reached the final of the UEFA Champions League last season.
Meanwhile, Sadio Mane won the AFCON title, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and also helped Liverpool reach the final of the Champions League as well as helped The Lions of Teranga qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Well, the sad news is that no Ghanaian player has been named for the flagship CAF Men’s Player of the Year award.
Arsenal star Thomas Partey, Al Sadd’s Andre Ayew and Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew all missed out on the shortlist, and this could be due to Ghana’s bad performance at the AFCON.
The CAF Awards 2022 will be held in Rabat, Morocco on 21 July 2022.
Below are the full 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)