The list of candidates is composed of 30 names to succeed the Gabonese Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who won the trophy last year. It is also in this list and is also entitled to retain his title.
Yaya Toure, no surprise
Big surprise, Yaya Touré, African champion, who recently took his international retirement,was not selected for his performances during this past year. Yet statistics of the Ivory Coast international could leave glimpse, at least, a presence with 47 matches played and 8 goals scored in the 2015/2016 season with Manchester City.
Midfielder he would pay critics sent last year to the FCA when he lost his best African player award after 4 consecutive titles? He was then released to RFI : ” I am much much disappointed (Sic) . it’s sad to see Africa react in this way, it does not give importance to things African. I think that’s what makes the shame of Africa “.
He even drove the point home: ” The Fifa, even with all the corruption stories would not do that […] I believe that today with what happened, the FCA will also spend! . Yaya Yaya will handle and allow Africa to get by. as often told me, do not care too much about Africa because Africa will be the first to let you go . ” This year, for the first time since his title in 2011, Yaya Toure will not be on the podium of the best African player.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Riyad Mahrez prominently
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang detonated statistics. During the 2015/2016 season with his club, he played 49 games and scored 39 goals. Note also that this season he is already in 10 matches and scored 8 goals. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also finished second in the ranking of top Bundesliga scorer with 25 goals. He will The Gabonese international type in the eye of the voters?
Voted best player of the Premier League last season with Leicester City, Algerian Riyad Mahrez, the first African to achieve this distinction, could be rewarded after his title of champion of England. He finished his fifth season as top scorer with 17 goals and third best passer (11 assists). The Fennec, voted player of the year by supporters of Leicester City, also very effective during the CAN 2017 in Gabon.
The awards ceremony for best African player of the year will take place at the Glo-CAF Awards 2016 will take place Thursday, January 5, 2017 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The 30 players selected
Ahmed Musa (Nigeria – Leicester City), Andre Ayew (Ghana – West Ham), Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia – Valencia), Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon – Lorient), Cédric Bakambu (DR Congo – Villarreal), Dennis Onyango (Uganda – Mamelodi Sundowns ), Hillel Soudani El Arabi (Algeria – Dinamo Zagreb), Eric Bailly (Côte d’Ivoire – Manchester United), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco – Ajax), Islam Slimani (Algeria – Leicester City), Itumeleng Khune (South Africa – Kaizer Chiefs), John Mikel Obi (Nigeria – Chelsea), kalidou koulibaly (Senegal – Napoli), Keegan Dolly (South Africa – Mamelodi Sundowns), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria – Manchester City), Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe – Mamelodi Sundowns), Mbwana samatta (Tanzania – Genk), Mehdi Benatia (Morocco – Juventus), Mohamed El Neny (Egypt – Arsenal) Mohamed Salah (Egypt – Roma), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon – Dortmund), Riyad Mahrez (Algeria – Leicester City) Sadio Mane (Senegal – Liverpool), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon – Antalyaspor), Serge Aurier (Ivory Coast – PSG), Victor Wanyama (Kenya – Tottenham), Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia – Sunderland), William Jebor (Liberia – Wydad Athletic Club), Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo – Everton), Yao Kouasi Gervais “Gervinho” (Ivory Coast – Hebei Fortune).
The modalities of the election 2016:
The electoral colleges are 4 in number: Members of the CAF Media Committee, members of the Technical and Development Committee of CAF, a group of 20 experts (journalists, TV consultants) and Member Associations (breeders national team “A” or national technical director).