CAF has announced the remaining five player gunning for the 2016 African Player of the Year with Nigeria, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and John Obi Mikel all missing out.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah and Islam Slimani made the top five decided by votes from the members of the Caf Media Committee, Caf Technical & Development Committee and half of the 20-member panel of experts.
The reigning African Player of the year is Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang after a sizzling start to the previous season for the Bundesliga club.
In the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category, Dennis Onyango, Hlompho Kekana, Keegan Dolly and Khama Billiat from the 2016 African Champions League winning side, Mamelodi Sundowns made the cut with T.P Mazembe’s Rainford Kabala completing the list.
The winners will be announced on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.
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