Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa and goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama are among nominees vying for the 2014 Confederation of African Football (Caf) Player of the Year award.
The Caf released a list of 25 players in contention for the African Footballer of the Year, and 20 players in contention for the Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category.
Ejike Uzoenyi, who plies his trade at South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Mamelodi Sundowns is the only Nigerian nominated in the 20-man list for the Footballer of the Year- Based in the Continent- prize.
The trio of Nigerian players in contention in their respective categories all featured at the 2014 Brazil World Cup, where the Super Eagles advanced into the round of 16 but lost to France.
CSKA Moscow winger Musa has been a standout member for club and country in the year in review, while Lille’s Enyeama is considered one of the best shot-stoppers in Europe and Africa till date.
Ivory Coast and Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is the current holder of the Caf Footballer of the Year award.
The winners of these awards will be decided by votes from the head coaches and technical directors of the National Associations affiliated to CAF.
The GLO- CAF Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 8 January 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria.
Other nominees for Caf Player of the Year:
Asamoah Gyan (Ghana, Al-Ain); Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Ghana); (Dame N’doye Senegal, Lokomotiv Moscow); (Sadio Mané Senegal, Southampton); Emmanuel Adebayor (Togo, Tottenham) (Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Cameroon, Schalke 04); Stephane Mbia (Cameroon, Sevilla); Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon, Porto).
Yao Kouassi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire, AS Roma); Wilfred Bony (Cote d’Ivoire, Swansea); Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire, Manchester City); Fakhreddine Ben Youssef and Ferdjani Sassi (both from Tunisia and CS Sfaxien); Islam Slimani (Algeria, Sporting Lisbon) Raïs M’Bolhi (Algeria, Philadelphia Union); (Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria, Valencia) Yacine Brahimi (Algeria, Porto).
Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo, Crystal Palace); Thulani Serero (South Africa, Ajax); Seydou Keita (Mali, AS Roma); Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund) and Mohamed El Neny (Egypt, Basel).
The 20 players short-listed in the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) category are:
Ejike Uzoenyi (Mamelodi Sundowns, Nigeria); Bernard Parker (South Arica, Kaizer Chiefs); Bongani Ndulula (South Africa, Amazulu); late Senso Meyiwa (South Africa, Orlando Pirates); Amr Gamal (Egypt, Al Ahly); Akram Djahnit and El Hedi Belamieri (both from Algeria and ES Setif).
Fakhereddine Ben Youssef and Ferdjani Sassi (both from Tunisian and CS Sfaxien); Firmin Mubel Ndombe (Congo, AS Vita); Jean Kasusula (Congo, TP Mazembe); Kader Bidimbou (Congo, AC Leopards); Lema Mabidi (Congo, AS Vita).
Geoffrey Massa (Uganda; Pretoria University); Mudathir Al Taieb (Sudan, Al Hilal) Roger Assalé (Cote d’Ivoire, Sewe Sport) Solomon Asante of (Ghana, TP Mazembe); Souleymane Moussa (Cameroon, Coton Sport) and Yunus Sentamu (Uganda, AS Vita).