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Caf reveals preliminary shortlists for 2018 Player of the Year awards

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has revealed its preliminary lists of nominees for the 2018 African men’s and women’s Player of the Year awards.

Thirty-four names have been revealed for the men’s category, with eight of the nominees playing in the English Premier League.

Last year’s winner, Egypt forward Mohamed Salah,is joined on the list by his two Liverpool team-mates Sadio Mane of Senegal and Guinea international Naby Keita.

Twelve men on the list play their football in Africa, including Youcef Belaili, Taha Khenissi and Anis Badri – who all play for the 2018 African Champions League winners Esperance in Tunisia.

Thirty-four (34) players and 15 women players have been nominated for the flagship awards; Player of the Year and Women’s Player of the Year based on the performance of the players during the year.

The winners for the African Player of the Year and Women’s Player of the Year will be decided by the following:

1.CAF Technical & Development Committee
2.Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup
3.Coaches and Captains of the national teams of the 54 Member Associations.

Other categories namely Youth Player of the Year, Men’s Coach of the Year, Women’s Coach of the Year, Men’s National Team of the Year and Women’s National Team of the Year will be elected by:

1.CAF Technical & Development Committee
2.Media Experts, Legends, Coaches of the quarter-finalists of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup

The Awards Gala, to honour footballers and officials who distinguished themselves during the year under review, will be held on Tuesday, 8 January 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.

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