BREAKING: Nigerian star among five players nominated for BBC African Footballer of the Year
With the year 2017 coming to an end BBC has announced the five players that would be contesting for this year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award.
A statement read: “The nominations for the five-man shortlist were drawn up by leading football experts throughout Africa and beyond, where they were asked to name their top five contenders, then rank them from 1 to 5 (with top choice receiving 5 points).”
The selected nominees were made based on:
Sporting excellence (individual skills, technical ability, teamwork, impact on results, trophies, fair play, consistency across 2017, improved levels of performance)
Regional impact (contribution the player has made to football and sport in his region on and off the pitch)
Global significance (importance for the global game and its development).
Nigerian international, Victor Moses, was among the five internationals after the winger had a fantastic year with Chelsea.
He helped The Blues win the Premier League title and reach the FA Cup final, all from the new position of right wing-back.
The nomination follows another he received earlier this month for the African Footballer of the Year award, organised by CAF.
The full shortlist is:
Victor Moses – Chelsea
Sadio Mane – Liverpool
Mo Salah – Liverpool
Naby Keita – RB Leipzig
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Borussia Dortmund
Voting is open now on the BBC Sport website and closes on Monday 27 November.