Its that time of the year again when sports lovers in africa are eager to know who emerges winner of the BBC African footballer of the year award. BBC last week announced the players shortlisted for this year’s edition of the BBC African footballer of the year award.
The Five candidates were revealed during a special live launch broadcast on Saturday. four of the five nominees play in the English Premier League (EPL).
The nominees include:
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon plays for German football club Borussia Dortmund. This will be his fourth consecutive year of been shortlisted for the award. Aubameyang has been shortlisted for the Ballon D’or
2. Andre Ayew of Ghana who plays for West Ham United (previously at Swansea City). He won the award in 2011 and is also shortlisted for the fourth time.
3.Riyad Mahrez of Algeria plays for EPL champions, Leicester City. This will be his first debut for nomination in the award.
4.Sadio Mane of Senegal plays for Liverpool. He was nominated last year and lost out to Aubameyang.
5.Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast who plays for Manchester City is among the nominees and has been nominated for eight consecutive years and is also a two-time winner.
Noteworthy is the fact that unlike previous edition, no Nigerian player made the list. The winner will be announced on Monday, 12 December after been decided by votes from fans across the world. The recipient of the award will be made known live on BBC Focus, and BBC Sport and BBC Africa websites.
The BBC African Footballer of the Year is an annual award given to the best African footballer of the year as voted by the BBC radio listeners. Abédi Pelé first won the maiden edition in 1991 while other past winners include , Kalusha Bwalya, George Weah, Emmanuel Amuneke, Nwankwo Kanu, Patrick Mboma, Samuel Kuffour, El Hadji Diouf, Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Essien, Emmanuel Adebayor, Didier Drogba, Asamoah Gyan, Christopher Katongo and Yaya Touré.