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The Confederation of African Football CAF, has released a list of 30 footballers nominated for the 2016 African Player of the year. Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o Fils features on the list with fellow Cameroonian footballer, Benjamin Moukandjo who plays for European club, Lorient.

Also on the list of is Ghanaian footballer Andre Ayew who currently plays for English club, West Ham. 

Nigeria's John Mikel Obi, who currently plays for Chelsea FC is among the nominees. He emerged 2nd for the African Player of The Year Award in 2013 when Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba won first and third place respectively. 

Two other Nigerians are also on this year’s list- Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) and Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City).

Three Ivory Coast players, Eric Bailly (Manchester United; Serge Aurier (PSG) and Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Hebei Fortune) have also been nominated for the award. 

Also on the list of 30 nominees published today are Tunisia’s Aymen Abdennour who also plays for the Italian club, Valencia, Cedric Bakambu of DR Congo who currently plays for Villareal. Dennis Onyango of Uganda, Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe, etc.


Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, who emerged as the best player in the last African Cup of Nations, also made the list of nominees for the 2016 Africa Player of The Year Award. So too did Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Kenya’s Victor Wanyama (Tottenham), Mehdi Benatia of Morocco (Juventus), and several others. 

A notable absence is the four-time victor Yaya Touré. The Ivorian claimed the award between 2011 and 2014 before he was pipped to the 2015 title by Gabon’s Aubameyang.

The winner, decided by a vote of coaches or technical directors of all African teams, will be announced in January.


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