Register Login Live

African Football

Two Sundowns Stars Nominated For CAF African Player Of The Year

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.

Gallery: Stunning Stadium Upgrades Of Some Of Europe's Biggest...

Yaya Reveals His Next Move?

Nigeria Announce Squad To Face Messi's Argentina

62 comments

Top 5

Chiefs Conclude Zuma’s Internal Hearing

28 Nov 24, 2021 08:53 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Managers Who’ve Already Been Sacked This Season

Nov 08, 2021 12:26 PM in English Premier League

7 Players Xavi Could Get Rid Of At Barca

4 Nov 09, 2021 01:26 PM in LaLiga

Exclusive: Zungu Finally Talks About Party Allegations  

6 Nov 24, 2021 02:49 PM in Players Abroad

Fast Lane - New BMW Flex For Amakhosi Star?

4 Nov 26, 2021 12:35 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Dr President – Inside Mkhize’s Glamourous Graduation Celebrations

5 Nov 29, 2021 10:42 AM in The Best Of The Rest

Tower’s Palace - Mathoho’s Most Chilled Looks At Home

Nov 26, 2021 02:02 PM in Ballers Cribs & Travels

6 Man Utd Stars In Trouble Following Big Manager Decision

1 Nov 26, 2021 12:28 PM in English Premier League

Katsande Showcases Big Business Billboard

8 Nov 25, 2021 09:30 AM in The Best Of The Rest

Sundowns’ R13m Onyango Dominates Chiefs Duo In TOTW Values

12 Nov 24, 2021 12:58 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

BREAKING! All The Ballon d'Or Nominees Revealed

5 Oct 08, 2021 06:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Rulani: The Monkey Is Off Our Back Now

10 Nov 24, 2021 10:25 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

25 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Why Chiefs Veteran Deserves New Deal

2 Nov 24, 2021 04:25 PM in Kaizer Chiefs