first_imgHis 10 goals have helped SuperSport United qualify for the CAF Confederation Cup final against TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo later this month.Nominees for other awards, including best national team, club and coach, will be announced later.African Player of the Year nomineesNominees for the 2017 African Player of the Year and Africa-based Player of the Year awards were announced on Wednesday in Cairo (in alphabetical order):African Player of the Year (30 nominees)Vincent Aboubakar (CMR, Porto/POR), Karim el Ahmadi (MAR, Feyenoord/NED), Christian Atsu (GHA, Newcastle/ENG), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB, Borussia Dortmund/GER), Eric Bailly (CIV, Manchester Utd/ENG), Cedric Bakambu (COD, Villarreal/ESP), Keita Balde (SEN, Monaco/FRA), Christian Bassogog (CMR, Henan Jianye/CHN), Yves Bissouma (MLI, Lille/FRA), Khalid Boutaib (MAR, Yeni Malatyaspor/TUR), Yacine Brahimi (ALG, Porto/POR), Essam el Hadary (EGY, Al Taawoun/KSA), Junior Kabananga (COD, Astana/KAZ), Fackson Kapumbu (ZAM, Zesco Utd), Naby Keita (GUI, RB Leipzig/GER), Ali Maaloul (TUN, Al Ahly/EGY), Sadio Mane (SEN, Liverpool/ENG), Moussa Marega (MLI, Porto/POR), Victor Moses (NGR, Chelsea/ENG), Youssef Msakni (TUN, Al Duhail/QAT), Michael Olunga (KEN, Girona/ESP), Fabrice Ondoa (CMR, Sevilla/ESP), Denis Onyango (UGA, Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA), Thomas Partey (GHA, Atletico Madrid/ESP), Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool/ENG), Mbwana Samata (TAN, Genk/BEL), Jean Michel Seri (CIV, Nice/FRA), Percy Tau (RSA, Mamelodi Sundowns), Bertrand Traore (BUR, Lyon/FRA), William Troost-Ekong (NGR, Bursaspor/TUR) Africa-based Player of the Year (30)Nasr Eldin Ahmed (SUD, Al Hilal Obeid), Junior Ajayi (NGR, Al Ahly/EGY), Karim Aouadhi (TUN, CS Sfaxien), Aristide Bance (BUR, Al Masry/EGY), Alkhaly Bangoura (GUI, Etoile Sahel/TUN), Achraf Bencharki (MAR, Wydad Casablanca), Jeremy Brockie (NZL, SuperSport Utd/RSA), Faouzi Chaouchi (ALG, Mouloudia Alger), Oussama Darfalou (ALG, USM Alger), Muaid Ellafi (LBA, Al Ahly Tripoli), Tady Etekiama (COD, V Club), Ahmed Fathy (EGY, Al Ahly), Dean Furman (RSA, SuperSport Utd), Sylvain Gbohouo (CIV, TP Mazembe/COD), Tarek Hamed (EGY, Zamalek), Fackson Kapumbu (ZAM, Zesco Utd), Saber Khalifa (TUN, Club Africain), Taha Yassine Khenissi (TUN, Esperance), Ali Maaloul (TUN, Al Ahly/EGY), Ayman Majid (MAR, FUS Rabat), Ben Malango (COD, TP Mazembe), Aymen Mathlouthi (TUN, Etoile Sahel), Mohamed Meftah (ALG, USM Alger), Sabelo Ndzinisa (SWZ, Mbabane Swallows), Denis Onyango (UGA, Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA, title-holder), Mohamed Ounnajem (MAR, Wydad Casablanca), Elsamani Saadeldin (SUD, Al Merrikh), Saladin Said (ETH, St George), Geoffrey Sserunkuma (UGA, KCCA), Percy Tau (RSA, Mamelodi Sundowns)Note: lists will be reduced gradually to three finalists with award winners to be announced on January 4 in Ghana.Share on: WhatsApp Riyad Mahrez of Algeria failed to make the 30-nominee list of contenders announced Wednesday for the 2017 award.Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Reigning African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez of Algeria failed to make the 30-nominee list of contenders announced Wednesday for the 2017 award.The winger was a key figure in the Leicester City side that defied 5,000-1 odds and stunned the football world by winning the 2015/16 English Premier League title.But his form subsequently slumped and he was axed by Algeria, whose results have declined dramatically since reaching the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Five Premier League stars are among those hoping to succeed Mahrez when the African Player of the Year is announced in Ghana on January 4.Liverpool forwards Mohamed Salah of Egypt and Sadio Mane of Senegal will be among the favourites for the leading CAF individual award.Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly from the Ivory Coast, Newcastle United and Ghana winger Christian Atsu and winger Victor Moses of Chelsea and Nigeria were other selections.There are four nominees from Spain’s La Liga and France’s Ligue 1, two from the German Bundesliga, but none from Italy’s Serie A.Prolific Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the 2015 African Player of the Year and runner-up last year, is likely to be another strong contender.Portuguese outfit Porto supply the most players with Algerian Yacine Brahimi, Malian Moussa Marega and Cameroonian Vincent Aboubakar listed.Surprise 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon supply three hopefuls — Aboubakar, Sevilla goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa and China-based winger Christian Bassogog.Voted the best player of the Cup of Nations in Gabon, Bassogog was less effective in World Cup qualifying as Cameroon failed to qualify for the 2018 finals in Russia.Uganda goalkeeper Denis Onyango, who plays for South African club Mamelodi Sundowns, is among 30 nominees for the Africa-based Player of the Year, an award he won last year.Another South Africa-based contender is former New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie, who hails from the rugby heartland of 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