Liverpool's Salah, Mane, Keita among CAF award nominees

The award winners, in multiple categories, will be announced on January 8 at a ceremony in Dakar.

Salah, Keita and Mane are some of the star names vying for this year's African Player of the Year award.   -  Getty Images

Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita are among 34 nominees named Friday for the 2018 African Player of the Year award.

Egyptian Salah won the award last year after scoring 44 goals in all competitions during his first season at Anfield.

Senegalese Mane has been in outstanding form for Liverpool this season while Guinean Keita adapts to English football after a mid-year move from German Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig.

A couple of previous African Player of the Year winners, Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City and Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal, are other contenders.

Nigerian Alex Iwobi, Senegalese Idrissa Gueye and Ivorian Wilfried Zaha complete the list of nominees who play in the Premier League.

History-making French coaches Nicolas Dupuis and Corentin Martins are among 10 nominations for the best coach award.

Dupuis has qualified Madagaascar for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time and Martins achieved a similar feat with Mauritania.

Madagascar and Mauritania are contenders for the national team award with Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Award winners will be announced on January 8 at a ceremony in Dakar.

Nominees for 2018 African football awards

Player of the Year

Abdelmoumene Djabou (ALG, Entente Setif), Ahmed Gomaa (EGY, Al Masry), Ahmed Musa (NGR, Al Nassr/KSA), Alex Iwobi (NGR, Arsenal/ENG), Andre Onana (CMR, Ajax/NED), Anis Badri (TUN, Esperance), Ayoub el Kaabi (MAR, Hebei China Fortune/CHN), Ben Malango (COD, TP Mazembe), Denis Onyango (UGA, Mamelodi Sundowns/RSA), Faneva Andriatsima (MAD, Clermont/FRA), Franck Kom (CMR, Esperance/TUN), Gelson (ANG, Primeiro Agosto), Hakim Ziyech (MAR, Ajax/NED), Idrissa Gueye (SEN, Everton/ENG), Ismail Haddad (MAR, Wydad Casablanca), Jean-Marc Makusu Mundele (COD, V Club), Kalidou Koulibaly (SEN, Napoli/ITA), Mahmoud Benhalib (MAR, Raja Casablanca), Mehdi Benatia (MAR, Juventus/ITA), Mohamed Salah (EGY, Liverpool/ENG), Moussa Marega (MLI, Porto/POR), Naby Keita (GUI, Liverpool/ENG), Odion Ighalo (NGR, Changchun Yatai/CHN), Percy Tau (RSA, Union Saint-Gilloise/BEL), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB, Arsenal/ENG), Riyad Mahrez (ALG, Manchester City/ENG), Sadio Mane (SEN, Liverpool/ENG), Taha Yassine Khenissi (TUN, Esperance), Thomas Partey (GHA, Atletico Madrid/ESP), Wahbi Khazri (TUN, Saint-Etienne/FRA), Walid Soliman (EGY, Al Ahly), Wilfried Zaha (CIV, Crystal Palace/ENG), Yacine Brahimi (ALG, Porto/POR), Youcef Belaili (ALG, Esperance/TUN)

Women's Player of the Year

Abdulai Mukarama (GHA), Asisat Oshoala (NGR), Bassira Toure (MLI), Chrestinah Kgatlana (RSA), Desire Oparanozia (NGR), Elizabeth Addo (GHA), Francisca Ordega (NGR), Gabrielle Onguene (CMR), Gaelle Enganamouit (CMR), Janine van Wyk (RSA), Marlyse Ndoumbouk (CMR), Onome Ebi (NGR), Portia Boakye (GHA), Raissa Feudjio (CMR), Tabitha Chawinga (MAW)

Youth player

Achraf Hakimi (MAR), Wilfred Ndidi (NGR), Andre Onana (CMR), Ismaila Sarr (SEN), Mahmoud Benhalib (MAR), Franck Kessie (CIV)


Corentin Martins (Mauritania), Florent Ibenge (V Club/COD), Juan Carlos Garrido (Raja Casablanca/MAR), Moine Chaabani (Esperance/TUN), Nicolas Dupuis (Madagascar), Patrice Carteron (Al Ahly/EGY), Rachid Taoussi (Entente Setif/ALG), Herve Renard (Morocco), Aliou Cisse (Senegal), Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)

Women's coach

Bruce Mwape (Zambia), Desiree Ellis (South Africa), Joseph Ndoko (Cameroon), Saloum Houssein (Mali), Thomas Dennerby (Nigeria)

National team

Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Women's national team

Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, South Africa


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