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Ghana pair nominated African Player of the Year award

Theresa Hayes | 02 November, 2017, 04:35

The Algerian attacker is the current holder of the coveted award, but has not made the Confederation of African Football (Caf) 30-player shortlist for 2017.

Bursaspor defender William Troost-Ekong is thrilled to be nominated for the 2017 Caf African Player of the Year.

Liverpool's Egypt global Mohamed Salah, RB Leipzig's Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, Chelsea's Nigeria worldwide Victor Moses and Ghana defender Thomas Partey, of Atletico Madrid, are also contenders.

Liverpool are also represented by Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah and RB Leipzig's Anfield bound Guinea midfielder Naby Keita.

However, Mahrez, who was a top performer in the Leicester City team that pulled off one of the biggest underdog victories in football history by winning the 2015/16 English Premier League title, was ignored by CAF.

The former KAA Gent man has scored twice for Bursaspor in 10 league appearances this season and has won 26 duels and 44 percent of his tackles.

The other Nigerian player nominated is Al Ahly striker Junior Ajayi who will vie for honours in the African Player of the Year - based in Africa award. He is listed as number 16.

With the Awards Gala set for Accra, Ghana on January 4 next year, the eventual victor will be decided by votes from members of the Caf Technical and Development Committee and a panel of Media Experts as well as the head coaches or technical directors of the national associations affiliated to Caf.

The victor 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.