CAF Awards: Salah, Mane And Aubameyang Make Top Three

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Reigning African Football Player of the Year, Mohamed Salah, Senegalese Liverpool star, Sadio Mane and Gabonese Arsenal goal machine, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, have made the top three list for the 2018 awards.

CAF disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday on their website.

The trio were the top three finalists for last year’s awards.

CAF said, “Aubameyang had maintained his stand amongst the top three finalists since 2014, thus five times in a row and equaling the record of Ivorian legend Yaya Toure and Ghanaian midfield supremo Michael Essien. Four-time Player of the Year, Toure, achieved the feat (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and Essien (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009). The 29-year old will be hoping to lay his hands on the enviable crown a second time.

“Salah, 26, made history becoming the first Egyptian to be decorated Player of the Year since the inception of the awards scheme in 1992. It is the second time, he has made the final three and Salah has his eyes set on joining the elite league of players to win the honour back-to-back. Senegalese El Hadji Diouf (2001, 2002), Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon (2003, 2004) and Toure (2011, 2012) are the only three to win successive titles.

“It is a hat-trick for 26-year old Mane in the top three, coming third in 2016 and second in 2017. He will be hoping to be third time lucky and become the second Senegalese to win the topmost individual honour after Diouf.”

The Afrian Player of the Year will be unveiled at the Awards Gala on 8 January 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

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