Nigerian duo drop as CAF unveiled final shortlist for award

Super Eagles duo of Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Osimhen dropped as CAF unveiled the final shortlist for the 2019 African Player of the Year Award, according to their official website.The football governing body has reduced the list of nominees from 30 to 10 following the completion of the first phase of the voting, while the 30-year-old Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo is the only Nigerian player still in the running for the prestigious award in January.The shortlist of nominees was decided upon by votes from a CAF Technical & Development Committee and a panel of media experts with an emphasis on the nominees’ performance of during the year under review, 2019.The final phase of voting for the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year,  will be selected by Head Coaches/Technical Directors and Captains of senior national teams from CAF Member Associations. The award winners for each category will be announced during the CAF Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 7 January 2020, at the Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt.In the Youth Player of the Year category, Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze are still in the running after the list was trimmed down to five with Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & Borussia Dortmund), Krépin Diatta (Senegal & Club Brugge) and Moussa Djenepo (Mali & Southampton).Full list of shortlists are as follows Player of the Year (in alphabetical order).1, André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)2, Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)3, Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan)4, Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)5, Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)6, Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua)7, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)8, Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)9, Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)10, Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah)

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