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Two Sundowns Stars Nominated For CAF African Player Of The Year

Two Mamelodi Sundowns Stars Nominated For CAF African Player Of The Year

By David Kappel - Nov 01, 2017 04:02 PM @kappilinho

Two Mamelodi Sundowns stars have been named among the 30 finalists for CAF's prestigious African Player of the Year award, while the 2016 winner was snubbed.

Click through the gallery above to see some of the biggest names on the list.

On Wednesday, CAF announced a 30-man shortlist for the African Player of the Year award, and Downs' Percy Tau and Denis Onyango are both up for the main prize.

The Masandawana duo are up against some of Africa's best players, including 2015 winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Other big-name nominees include Manchester United's Eric Bailly, Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Chelsea's Victor Moses.

Meanwhile, 2016 CAF African Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez did not make the shortlist for this year's award.

Here are all 30 names, as announced by CAF:

1. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)

2. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Lyon)

3. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villarreal)

4. Christian Atsu (Ghana & Newcastle United)

5. Christian Bassogog (Cameroon & Henan Jianye)

6. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

7. Eric Bailly (Cote d'Ivoire & Manchester United)

8. Essam El Hadary (Egypt & Al Taawoun)

9. Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon & Sevilla)

10. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)

11. Jean Michael Seri (Cote d'Ivoire & Nice)

12. Junior Kabananga (DR Congo & Astana)

13. Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)

14. Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)

15. Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor)

16. Mbwana Samata (Tanzania & Genk)

17. Michael Olunga (Kenya & Girona)

18. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

19. Moussa Marega (Mali & FC Porto)

20. Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)

21. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)

22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)

23. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

24. Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)

25. Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)

26. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & FC Porto)

27. William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria & Bursaspor)

28. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & FC Porto)

29. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia & Al Duhail)

30. Yves Bissouma (Mali & Lille)

As confirmed by CAF, the winner(s) will be decided by votes from the head coaches/technical directors of the national associations affiliated to CAF, members of the CAF technical and development committee and a panel of media experts.

The awards gala will be held on 04 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.  

Do you think Tau stands a chance of winning the main African Player of the Year award? Have your say in the comments section below.


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tman_ Joined: 07 Mar 2014
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tman_ Nov 06, 2017 08:29 AM
All the best for them
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motjakata Nov 03, 2017 12:19 PM
If Jabu Pule didn't win it, then forget about dUnU players
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Mashia1950 Nov 02, 2017 01:11 PM
Pierre Emeric Aubameyang And Mohamed salah. good luck to the Sundowns duo, being nominated alone means you are doing sumthing positive. fly the yellow nation flag high win or loose for ever ka bo yellow.
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Daddy1 Nov 02, 2017 10:45 AM
Back-door nominations according to Windows-door Zebras
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shayadawana Nov 02, 2017 08:33 AM
Only players of a big team
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Gandanga Nov 02, 2017 08:28 AM
Please all Rats and Zebrish fans don’t log on to this topic. This has absolutely nothing to do with you kwaaaaaaaaaaaa
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K1 goat Nov 02, 2017 08:27 AM
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang deserves it
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Cael Nov 01, 2017 09:34 PM
Thank you masandawana that was what we want in the past 3 matches we were disappointing us
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Faysal Nov 01, 2017 08:24 PM
Adding numbers
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Special*00 Nov 01, 2017 08:03 PM
Auba, Moses or Mane but i'll go 4 Moses because he won EPL n he was a regular in his team..
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Luckymakho Nov 01, 2017 07:47 PM
Obvious . Sadio mane
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Mzet wale khosi Nov 01, 2017 07:07 PM
Zabra is not here because we dont believe in backdoor things like this one
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Etolla Nov 01, 2017 06:10 PM
The boy will fly overseas loading
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Motsitsi118 Nov 01, 2017 06:08 PM
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will take this one Sundowns fans forget it.
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Matayitayi Nov 01, 2017 06:05 PM
Mxm Downs must beat rats tonight
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Noko64 Nov 01, 2017 05:55 PM
...and this may be a moral booster for tonite's game for they are so despondent.
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roger-fetumba Nov 01, 2017 05:54 PM
Why no Zebra player in the nominated list

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