BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018 nominees named

Sunday November 18 2018

From left: The BBC African Footballer of the

From left: The BBC African Footballer of the Year 2018 nominees Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly and Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt). PHOTO | BBC 

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The five-man shortlist for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award has been announced.

This year's nominees are Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

The vote opened on November 17 at 19GMT and closes on December 2 at 20:00.

The result will be revealed in a programme on BBC World News on December 14 at 17:30.

Previous winners

The shortlist has been compiled by a panel of African football experts.

Liverpool forward Salah won last year's award, with previous winners including Jay-Jay Okocha, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Riyad Mahrez.

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.

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