Mohamed Salah amongst the nominees as BBC African Footballer of the Year shortlist announced

The Liverpool striker won the award in 2017 after a year which saw him make an explosive start to life in England and lead Egypt to the World Cup

The nominees for the BBC’s 2018 African Footballer of the Year have been announced.  

The shortlist, which has been compiled by a panel of African football experts, comprises Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

The vote opened at 7pm GMT on Saturday 17 November and is set to close on Sunday 2 December, with the results due be announced on Friday 14 December at 17:30.

Liverpool and Egypt striker Salah was last year’s winner, in a year that saw him make the switch from Serie A with Roma to the Premier League and lead his country to a…

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