Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, whose 26 goals last season steered Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years, Paris Saint-Germain defender Achraf Hakimi, a key factor in Morocco’s progress to the World Cup semi-finals and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah have been shortlisted for the 2023 African Player of the Year Award.
The Awards Gala will take place on Monday, December 11, 2023, in Marrakech, Morocco.
The winner is decided following votes from a panel consisting of CAF Technical Committee, media professionals from Member Associations, Head Coaches & Captains of Member Associations and clubs involved in the group stages of the Interclub competitions.
There was no space for two past award winners, Sadio Mané and Riyad Mahrez, who moved this year to play for clubs in Saudi Arabia.
For the women’s award, record five-time winner Asisat Oshoala is competing with Thembi Kgatlana and Barbra Banda.
Egypt star Salah won back-to-back African honors for 2017 and ’18 before his then-Liverpool teammate Mané won the next two editions awarded for 2019 and 2022. Salah was runner-up last year.
While Mané had a difficult first season at Bayern Munich and missed the World Cup with Senegal because of injury, Mahrez was in a Manchester City squad that won a treble of Champions League, English Premier League and FA Cup titles.
Mahrez was African player of the year in 2016 when he helped Leicester win a stunning English league title.
Oshoalawon her fifth African women’s player of the year award in 2022 and then helped her club Barcelona win the Women’s Champions League before going to the Women’s World Cup with Nigeria.