Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese objective king Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stays within the operating to defend his African Participant of the Yr crown after making the ultimate shortlist of 5 gamers on Tuesday.
However the 27-12 months-outdated faces competitors from Leicester’s Algerians Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani, Senegal’s Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah who additionally made the ultimate reduce for the African Soccer Confederation’s annual award.
The winner might be introduced on January 5 in Abuja, Nigeria after votes by a panel of ten specialists and fifty four nationwide workforce coaches.
Aubameyang was voted German Bundesliga participant of the 12 months final season and would seem favorite to retain the African title he clinched after a 4-yr spell of Manchester Metropolis’s Yaya Toure successful.
However the pin-level passing and astonishing focus of 25-yr-outdated winger Mahrez impressed as he helped propel Leicester Metropolis to the English title final season. He scored 17 targets with eleven assists in that marketing campaign.
Slimani is coming off an excellent season with Sporting Portugal incomes a swap to Leicester.
Salah has been good for each Egypt and AS Roma after a troublesome time at Chelsea however at 24 might not fairly have peaked.
Mane, additionally 24, has been on glittering kind since becoming a member of Liverpool for a payment that made him the costliest African in soccer historical past.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (GAB/Dortmund/GER)
Riyad Mahrez (ALG/Leicester/ENG)
Sadio Mane (SEN/Liverpool/ENG)
Mohamed Salah (EGY/AS Roma/ITA)
Islam Slimani (ALG/Leicester/ENG)
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