The 10-man shortlist for the 2019 Confederation of African Football Player of the Year has been announced.
The Liverpool duo of Sadio Mane (Senegal) and Mohammed Salah (Egypt) are looming as top choices – with Manchester City and Algeria’s African champion Riyad Mahrez in with a major challenge.
Everyone except two of the footballers plays their football in one of the top European teams: Nigeria’s Idion Ighalo who plays for Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in China and Algeria’s Youcef Belaili of Ahli Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
African Player of the Year 2019 Shortlist:
- Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
- Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua)
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
- Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
- André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
- Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah)
- Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan)
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli).
The 2018 African Player of the Year was the Egyptian prince Salah. The Liverpool goal machine had taken the gong in front of Mane and Aubameyang. The current year’s looks like Salah and Aubameyang could drop out the best three to clear a path for Mahrez and Koulibaly.