The names of the 5 players according to a statement on the body’s website, cafonline.com are:
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borrusia Dortmund)
- Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)
- Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
- Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)
- Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City)
For the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa), the top five are;
- Khama Billiat (Mamelodi Sundowns & Zimbabwe)
Keegan Dolly (Mamelodi Sundowns & South Africa)
Rainford Kalaba (TP Mazembe & Zambia)
Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns & South Africa)
Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns & Uganda)
It said the top
five was decided by votes from the members of the CAF Media Committee,
CAF Technical and Development Committee and half of the 20-member Panel
of Experts (10 persons).
The statement said that for the final
phase, votes from the Head Coaches/Technical Directors of the 54
National Associations affiliated to CAF plus Associate Members will be
Also, Reunion Island and Zanzibar, together with the
other half of the 20-member Panel of Experts (10 persons) will be
counted towards the determination of the eventual winners, it said.
The statement added that the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards Gala, sponsored by
telecommunication giants, Globacom, will be held on Jan. 5, 2017 in
However, Super Eagles Captain John Obi Mikel was
unable to make the final shortlist, a development pundits said was
because of his lack of playing this season at Chelsea.
Mikel Obi, Kelechi Iheanacho of Manchester City and Alex Iwobi of Arsenal Fc of England were nominated for the awards.
Kanu is the last Nigerian to win the prestigious football award in 1996
and 1999 while still playing for Arsenal FC of England.