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Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are both at the top of the BBC African Footballer of the Year nomination list.
The five-man shortlist includes Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chelsea’s Victor Moses and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita aside the Reds pair.
This will complete Aubameyang’s fifth consecutive year on the nomination list after an excellent run of result at Dortmund, for whom he has registered 35 goals and won the German Cup. The Gabon forward was the only African on FIFA’s Player of the Year shortlist this year.
Chelsea’s Moses had the best season of his career this season at Stamford Bridge, revived under Antonio Conte. The Nigerian is fully established in the right wing-back position, and won the Premier League title while also helping Nigeria qualify for the World Cup next year.
Keita had a revealing debut season in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, earning a spot in the team of the season with his displays as RBL had a second place finish in the league and earning himself a big-money move to Liverpool.
He has however been issued three red cards already this term.
Senegal star Mane, who has helped propel his country to a first World Cup finals spot since 2002, was named in the PFA Team of the Year and honored as Liverpool’s player of the season after an exemplary debut campaign, in which he finished as the club’s joint top-scorer.
The 25-year-old is now, without a doubt, indispensable to the Reds. However, newly arrived Salah is most likely to claim the award, after a stunning 2017.
After sealing a £38million move from Roma – for whom he was an integral part of their second place finish in Serie A – he has bagged 12 goals in 17 appearances.
Salah also scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty against Congo in October, helping Egypt to secure qualification to the 2018 World, a feat they last achieved in 1990, and a hand in four of the Pharaohs five goals at the Africa Cup of Nations, as they finished runners-up.