CSKA Moscow winger,Ahmed Musa and Lille of France goalkeeper,Vincent Enyeama are in the race for the 2014 African Player of the Year award. The duo are in the list of 25 nominees released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday in Cairo,rEgypt and made available to Complete Sports by awards sponsor, telecommunications giants,Globacom.
Musa, a very resourceful player and Enyeama, an outstanding goalkeeper were members of the Super Eagles team that won the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa and also participated actively in the Super Eagles’ campaign in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Also listed for the award is last year’s winner, Yaya Toure of Cote D’Ivoire, another former winners, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan Emmanuel Adebayor of Togo.
The list, according to CAF was compiled through a vigorous exercise that took into consideration the performance of the nominees for their national teams and clubs from January to November, this year.
Other Players shortlisted for the award include Ghana and Juventus star Kwadwo Asamoah, Senegal duo of Dame N’doye of Lokomotiv Moscow and Sadio Mané of Southampton and Cameroon trio of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of Schalke 04, Stephane Mbia of Sevilla and Vincent Aboubakar of Porto.
Cote D’Ivoire also have Yao Kouassi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ of AS Roma and Wilfred Bony of Swansea. Tunisia have the duo of Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Ferdjani Sassi from CS Sfaxien also listed.
Algerian is represented on the list by the quartet of Islam Slimani of Sporting Lisbon, Raïs M’Bolhi of Philadelphia Union in the USA, Sofiane Feghouli of Valencia and Yacine Brahimi of Porto while DR Congo have Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace,South Africa is represented by Thulani Serero of Ajax of Holland and Mali has Seydou Keita of AS Roma on the list.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon and Borussia Dortmund and Mohamed El Neny of Egypt and Basel completed the list.
Former Rangers international of Enugu star, Ejike Uzoenyi is the only Nigerian shortlisted in the 20-man list of Africa-based Player of the Year.