Mohamed Salah will face competition from Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane if he is to sweep a third consecutive African Player of the Year award.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) tweeted that Egypt’s Salah, Mane of Senegal as well Manchester City’s Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez were on the shortlist for the award.
Salah was crowned the continent’s top player in 2017 and 2018 while Mahrez took it in 2016.
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Salah and Mane helped Liverpool to the Champions League, European Super Cup, and Club World Cup this year.
Mahrez, meanwhile, was part of the City team who successfully defended the Premier League title.
He was also a key part of the Algerian squad which triumphed in the African Cup of Nations.
The winner of the African Player of the Year award will be announced in Egypt on January 7.
Super Eagles Captain, Vincent Enyeama, has made the final top 3 short-list for the CAF African Player of the Year Award.
Apart from starring for Nigeria at the World Cup, the 32-year-old was impressive in a Lille side that finished third in Ligue 1 last season, helping the club to the UEFA Champions League preliminary stages.
Enyeama kept 21 clean sheets in the last league season.
Current holder; Yaya Toure and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are the other two contenders for Africa’s biggest individual honours.
The winner will be unveiled on January 8 in Lagos.
The Super Eagles captain had earlier failed to win the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) organised African Footballer of the Year Award, having been shortlisted among players to vie for its 2014 edition.
Algeria and Porto forward, Yacine Brahimi won the BBC honours.