Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has the chance to win the African Footballer of the Year award for three consecutive seasons. Salah re-entered the candidate for the 2019 award with his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane and Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Salah defended his crown last year after scoring 44 goals for Liverpool and Egypt in 2018 and ended up winning the 2017/2018 Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals.
This year, the 27-year-old will compete with Senegal’s national team payer, Sadio Mane who scored the most goals in the Premier League last season with 22 goals with Salah and Aubameyang, who were also included in the list of 30 candidates.
Manchester City forward and Algeria national team Riyad Mahrez, who won the award in 2016, were also included in the list announced by the African Football Confederation (CAF) on Sunday (11/24/2019).
Aubameyang’s Arsenal partner Nicolas Pepe from Ivory Coast was also included, along with Nigerian Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and Senegalese Paris Saint-Germain player Idrissa Gueye.
Other prominent European players nominated were Ajax duo Andre Onana and Hakim Ziyech, Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Atletico Madrid player Thomas Partey and Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.