African player of the year 2022 – The 10 nominees are known (Mané, Salah, Mendy, Mahrez, Hakimi…)

For the first time in three years, the title of African player will be awarded in 2022. While the 2020 and 2021 editions have been canceled due to Covid, who will succeed Sadio Mané, crowned in 2019? This Monday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the names of the ten nominated players. The Senegalese international striker, winner of the CAN this winter and transferred to Bayern Munich at the beginning of the summer, is present in this list. The name of the 2022 winner will be announced on July 21 during a ceremony in Rabat.

Mohamed Salah has already won the prize in 2017 and 2018. For his part, Sadio Mané is the favorite for this 2022 edition. Decisive at the African Cup of Nations, he led Senegal to a first historic success in the final against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt. Sadio Mané also helped qualify his country for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, again dismissing the Pharaohs.

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With the Reds, the Senegalese and the Egyptian won the FA Cup, the League Cup and played in the Champions League final, losing to Real Madrid. Other contenders for the title of African Player 2022 include Riyad Mahrez, the Algerian captain and winger of Manchester City, already crowned in 2016. Edouard Mendy will try to become the first goalkeeper to lift the trophy since Moroccan Ezzaki Badou in 1986. The African player of the year is chosen by the captains and coaches of African national teams, members of the CAF technical committee and certain media. (With AFP)

The 10 named players

Sadio Mané (Senegal, Bayern Munich/GER)

Riyad Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City/ENG)

Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon, Lyon/FRA)

Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon, Al Nassr/AS)

Sebastien Haller (Ivory Coast, Borussia Dortmund/GER)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool/ENG)

Naby Keita (Guinea, Liverpool/EGY)

Achraf Hakimi (Morocco, Paris Saint-Germain/FRA)

Edouard Mendy (Senegal, Chelsea/ENG)

Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal, Naples/ITA)


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