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Nominees For The BBC African Footballer Of The Year
By Chioma Okwu

The BBC has announced the five nominees for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award. The shortlist was unveiled to football fans around the world during a launch program in Lagos over the weekend.


The Contenders

Juventus centre-back Benatia, 31, won his fourth consecutive league title this year - two with Bayern Munich and two with Juve - and captained Morocco at this summer's World Cup.

Napoli defender Koulibaly, 27, played his part in his club's battle with Juve for the Serie A title, including the winner against the eventual champions in the run-in. He played all 270 minutes for Senegal in the World Cup.

Liverpool forward Mane, 26, also played in all of Senegal's World Cup games, captaining his country in two and scoring against Japan. He was the joint-second top scorer in last season's Champions League - with 10 goals for Liverpool, including one in the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the final.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey, 25, established himself as a first-team regular for Diego Simeone's side, including a late appearance as a substitute in the Europa League final win over Marseille. He scored in international friendlies for Ghana against Japan and Iceland.

Liverpool forward Salah, 26, won the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals in May and, like Mane, scored 10 Champions League strikes in their run to the final. He scored both of Egypt's World Cup goals - 40% of their all-time total at the tournament.

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Voting kicked off at 1900 GMT on Saturday, 17th November and will run until 2000 GMT on Sunday, 2nd December when the vote closes.

The public can vote online for their favorite player by visiting: www.bbc.com/africanfootball.

The winner of BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018 will be revealed live during Focus on Africa on BBC World News and BBC World Service on Friday, 14th December at 1730 GMT.

Previous winners of the award include: Mohamed Salah (2017); Riyad Mahrez(2016), Yaya Touré (2015 and 2013); and Yacine Brahimi (2014).

BBC News Africa and BBC Sport will also be the online home of social and digital extras, including video profiles.

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