Who Will Get 2017 African Footballer of the Year Award?
November 17, 2017
BBC has announced its nominees for the African Footballer of the Year 2017. The winner will be decided by an online poll on the BBC website and will be revealed next month.
The five players who made the list are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Victor Moses, and Mohamed Salah. Some Bitcoin sportsbook sites may offer odds for the winner of the award. A sportsbook that covers football matches such as Bet365 or Bovada may also have a market for the African Footballer of the Year.
Who are the nominees this year?
There are five players who have topped the three criteria amongst the panel of experts.
#1 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Aubameyang has a record of getting 31 goals in the 2016 -2017 period. This makes him one of the four men who can get 30 goals in Germany’s top flight. He achieved a hat-trick in the Champions League while against Benfica in March this year. Aubameyang also received FIFA Best Player of the Year 2017 as well as getting shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or.
#2 Naby Keita
Hardly anyone knew Keita last season. People started paying attention to him after getting an 89th minute goal against Dortmund. This has set everyone’s expectations as he continues to get eight league goals and seven assists. Keita is hailed for his all-around performance that his opponent believes they were playing against two people.
#3 Sadio Mane
Mane is an incredible player this season that he was voted into the PFA team. He is also one of two African players to be a part of the Ballon d’Or shortlist. In the last season, he managed to get 13 goals. This is his best Premier League tally even though he had to take a leave for two months due to his knee.
#4 Victor Moses
Moses’ most important season is likely to be 2016 to 2017. One of his notable matches is the international game against Cameroon where he managed to score 4-0. This has helped his team to win another World Cup.
#5 Mohamed Saleh
The Egyptian player’s most notable achievement is his contribution to the Pharaohs winning the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Saleh scored five out of seven goals in the World Cup qualifiers that have helped Egypt reach the tournament.
How to vote for the best African footballer
Fans who are looking to help their favorite player win the African Footballer of the Year award can vote through the BBC website.
The players who made the shortlist came from a long list of top five nominations of the leading football experts. They base their nominations on the following criteria: sporting excellence, regional impact, and global significance. The experts consolidated their top nominees to come up with the five-man shortlist.
The voting period opened on Nov. 11, giving fans until 18:00 GMT on Nov. 27 to place their votes for their favorite players.
The results will be announced on Dec. 11 at 17:35 GMT on the Focus on Africa TV and radio program. The BBC Sports African Football will also show the results. In the case of a tie, the award will be shared by the winners.