Andre Dede Ayew has made the cut in the 10 players shortlisted for this year’s African Best Player Award by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) who released the list last Monday.
Ayew, voted the top scorer at this year’s African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and also enjoying a good run with Swansea in his debut season in the English Premier League (EPL), is set to battle reigning African Best Player, Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire, for the coveted award.
The 32-year-old Manchester City player first won the title in 2011 and another would give him a record fifth award, one more than Samuel Eto'o.
Conspiciously missing from the list is Ghana’s Christian Atsu, who was initially named in the provisional list.
The winner will be decided by votes of the coaches or technical directors of the national associations affiliated to Caf.
An awards gala will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria.
The CAF shortlist: Andre Ayew (Ghana & Swansea), Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia & Valencia), Mudather Eltaib Ibrahim 'Karika' (Sudan & El Hilal), Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)
The rest are: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund), Sadio Mane (Senegal & Southampton), Serge Aurier (Cote d'Ivoire & Paris Saint Germain), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria & Valencia), Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto) and Yaya Toure (Cote d'Ivoire & Manchester City).