CAF have released the list of the three finalists for the African Footballer of the Year with reigning Player of the Year, Mohamed Salah in line to retain the title except for challenges from teammate, Sadio Mane and Arsenal forward, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The trio were also the finalists last year when Salah scooped the award as Africa is set to unveil its next king of the pitch at the Awards Gala night slated for 8 January 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.
Salah broke the record to become the first Egyptian to receive the award since its inception in 1992 and is certain to join the league of African players who have won the award back to back following his stellar performance so far with Liverpool last season and in this season.
Aubameyang has also maintained his spot in the top three since 2014 having shot himself into the limelight while playing for Borussia Dortmund and have now equalled the record of former Ivorian captain, Yaya Toure, Ghanian midfielder, Michael Essien who have have been among the three finalists five times.
Mane who is also making the final three-man shortlist is aiming to become the second Senegal player to be crowned Africa King after El-Hadji Diouf and this will be the third time he too will be making the final three-man list.
In the women’s category, the duo of Nigeria forward, Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega alongside South African sensational player, Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana made are the finalists.
Oshoala has won the award three times and only former Super Falcon forward, Perpetual Nkwocha who won it four times beats holds the record of highest number of wins.
Oshoala will be hoping to equal Nkwocha’s record should she win it.
The duo of Kgatlana and Ordega will be hoping to lay their hands on the crown for the first time.