CAF African Player of the Year 2017: Moses, Mane, Salah make 11-man shortlist; Troost-Ekong excluded

Nigeria and Chelsea wing-back/forward, Victor Moses is among the players named in the new 11-man shortlist for the 2018 Aiteo CAF African Player Award.

The Confederation of African Football announced the shortlist through its Twitter handle on Monday.

Moses’ Nigerian compatriot, William Troost-Ekong, who made the initial 30-man shortlist does not make the 11-man list.

Moses is joined in the shortlist by Kenyan goalkeeper, Dennis Onyango; Burkinabe forward,Bertrand Traore; and Egyptian forward, Mo Salah.

Other players on the shortlist include Keita Balde,Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Vincent Aboubakar.


Victor Moses is expected to be a front runner for the award after contributing immensely to Chelsea's title-winning season.

However, he is expected to face stiff competition from the likes of Mo’ Salah who is enjoying a stellar start to life at Liverpool and Dortmund striker, P.E Aubameyang.

ALSO READ: Moses, Salah among nominees for the BBC African Player of the Year award

The African Player of the Year award is given to the player of African nationality who has had the most successful year-in-review.

The winners of the category is decided by votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF.
The winner in each of the categories will be announced at the Awards Gala on January 4, 2018 in AccraGhana.

See the full shortlist below.

Bertrand Traore - Burkina Faso/Lyon

Mo Salah - Egypt/Liverpool

Yacine Brahimi - Algeria/Porto

Karim El-Ahmadi - Morocco/Feyenoord

Keita Balde - Senegal/Monaco

Naby Keita - Guinea/Liepzig

Dennis Onyango - Kenya/Mamelodi Sundowns

Vincent Aboubakar - Cameroon/FC Porto

Sadio Mane - Senegal/Liverpool

P.E. Aubameyang - Gabon/Borussia Dortmund

Victor Moses - Nigeria/Chelsea


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