Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong has been dropped from the new 11-man shortlist for the 2017 African Player of the Year as compatriot Victor Moses is still in the race to clinch the award.
Bursaspor’s Troost-Ekong and Chelsea wing-back Moses were part of the 30-man nominees announced last month but the defender has been phased out after votes from the necessary quarters to pick the best 11 players.
Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane alongside Gabon and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang are also in the running for the prestigious individual award.
Al Ahly and former Nigeria youth international Junior Ajayi made the cut for 10-man shortlist for the African Best Player based in Africa.
“Eleven  players made the cut for the Player of the Year and Ten  for the Player of the Year [Based in Africa] after votes from members of the CAF Technical & Development Committee, CAF Media Experts Panel and Independent Media and TV Consultants, from the initial 30-man list,” read a statement on Caf website .
“The second and final phase will involve Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations taking part in the voting exercise and ten members from the Independent Media and TV Consultants group.
“For the first time, captains of the senior men’s national teams of the affiliated National Associations will also take part in decision-making process of the African Player of the Year and Player of the Year (Based in Africa).”African Player of the Year [alphabetical order]
1. Bertrand Traore [Burkina Faso & Olympique Lyon]
2. Denis Onyango [Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns]
3. Karim El Ahmadi [Morocco & Feyenoord]
4. Keita Balde [Senegal & Monaco]
5. Mohamed Salah [Egypt & Liverpool]
6. Naby Keita [Guinea & RB Leipzig]
7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [Gabon & B. Dortmund]
8. Sadio Mane [Senegal & Liverpool]
9. Victor Moses [Nigeria & Chelsea]
10. Vincent Aboubakar [Cameroon & Porto]
11. Yacine Brahimi [Algeria & Porto]
Player of the Year [Based in Africa]
1. Achraf Bencharki [Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club]
2. Ahmed Fathi [Egypt & Al Ahly]
3. Ali Maaloul [Tunisia & Al Ahly]
4. Aristide Bance [Burkina Faso & El Masry]
5. Ben Malango [DR Congo & TP Mazembe]
6. Denis Onyango [Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns]
7. Jeremy Brockie [New Zealand & Supersport]
8. Junior Ajayi [Nigeria & Al Ahly]
9. Mohamed Ounnajem [Morooco & Wydad Athletic Club]
10. Taha Yassine Khenisssi [Tunisia & Esperance]