CAF Player of the Year Mahrez, Aubameyan, Mane make final three

Mahrez is favourite to win the award after leading Leicester City to a shocking Premier League win in 2016.

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Mohammed Salah, Islam Slimani, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane play Finalist for CAF Player of the Year Award (CAF)
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The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) have released their final three-man shortlist for the 2016 African Player of the Year award.

CAF cut a long list of nominees to just three ahead of the Glo-CAF Awards night in Abuja where the winner will be announced in January 2017.

Holder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes the list; he won the award in 2015 for his impressive form for Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (AFP)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wins African Player of the Year award play Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the current holder of the award

 

Algeria international Riyad Mahrez also makes the list and is favourite to win the award after leading Leicester City to a shocking Premier League win in the year under review.

Claudio Ranieri and his wife Rosanna play Mahrez won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2016 (Action Images via Reuters / John CliftonLivepic)

Riyad Mahrez play Mahrez recently won the 2016 BBC African Player of the Year award (BBC)

 

He also won the BBC African Player of Year earlier in December.

Mahrez scored 17 goals and had 12 assists to help Leicester City win their first league title in history.

Senegal international and Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has also been shortlisted.

Sadio Mane play Sadio Mane (AFP)

 

For the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa), the final nominees are Mamelodi Sundowns players Uganda goalkeeper Dennis Onyango, Zimbabwe striker Khama Billiat and midfielder Rainford Kalaba.

African Player of the Year (in alphabetical order)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)

Sadio Mané (Senegal & Liverpool)

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)

Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)

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