Kenya national team skipper Victor Wanyama is one of 37 players named in the provisional list of nominees for the 2016 CAF African Player of the Year Award.
It is the third time that Wanyama is being nominated for an African Award. In November 2013 he was part of the 25 player list for the 2014 Award. A year earlier, in November 2012 he was shortlisted for CAF’s most promising Award but on both occasions he missed out.
Algeria has the most players in the list with six nominees followed by Cote d’Ivoire that has four, including Toure who is going for an unprecedented five in a row.
Congo pair Férébory Doré of Angers, France and Thievy Bifouma of Granada, Spain makes the list and so are Ghanaian pair of Andre Ayew and Christian Atsu who turn out for English Premier League sides Swansea City and Bournemouth, respectively.
Egypt has two players in the list – Bassem Morsi of Zamalek and Mohamed Salah of Roma and so is DR Congo that has TP Mazembe keeper Robert Kidiaba and Yannick Bolasie of Crystal Palace.
Former Nigeria keeper Vincent Enyeama and current skipper Ahmed Musa make the list and so is Mali’s Seydou Keita, Sudan’s Modather Al Tayeb “Karika” of Al Hilal, Cape Verde’s Héldon Ramos and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The list will be narrowed down to 10 by November before it is further reduced to five and then the final three before the award ceremony is held.
Yaya Toure is the reigning African Player of the Year.