Mikel, Iheanacho, Musa make CAF player of the year shortlist

Five Nigerians have been named to vie for the CAF African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (based in Africa).

England-based trio of Mikel John Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho have been listed in the running for the continent’s biggest individual prize in football – the African Player of the Year alongside 27 other top stars including Riyad Mahrez, Samuel Eto’o, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Victor Wanyama and Eric Bailly.

Surprisingly, there is no nomination for four-time winner Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City.

In the award for the players based in Africa, Enyimba and Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) record scorer, Mfon Udoh, as well as Chisom Chikatara, now with Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) are up against 23 other players featuring for different clubs on the continent.

CAF is expected to trim the number of nominees before the end of the year.

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