Super Eagles star; Victor Moses has been announced as one of the five contenders for the BBC African Footballer of the Year (AFOTY) award.
The five-man list was announced via a live launch programme that was streamed to football fans around the world. The nominees are; Sadio Mane (Senegal and Liverpool FC), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund and Gabon), Naby Keita (Guinea and RB Leipzig), Victor Moses (Nigeria and Chelsea FC) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt and Liverpool FC).
The presenter for the 2017 edition of the award, Mr. Peter Okwoche, in response to the nominees’ list said, “who knows what could happen with this list? It is fresh because there are no previous winners and three newcomers in the final list”
The award is anybody’s game. It is up to the fans now to get voting and make it happen for their favourite African footballer,” he concluded. Voting began on Saturday November 11, 2017 and the polls would remain open till 1800 GMT on Monday November 27, 2017
Victor Moses was an integral part of title winning Chelsea in England in 2017 as he found his form playing at right wing back for manager Antonio Conte. Moses also got to the FA Cup final and helped Nigeria secure a place in the world cup finals in Russia for next summer. Moses is the only member of the final list to have won a league title in 2017.
Naby Keita was integral in the midfield of an impressive season for RB Leipzig in Germany. His performances have attracted interest from all the top clubs in Europe and he is believed to have completed a transfer move that will see him play for Liverpool in England from next season.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the only member of this list to have played in the UEFA Champions League last season but he and his Dortmund team mates crashed out at the semi-finals to AS Monaco of France. He scored an impressive number of goals as he won the DFB Pokal to conclude his season.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane play for Liverpool FC although Salah just made the switch to England from AS Roma in 2017. Mane and Salah have formed a partnership in attack that has made the whole of England wary of the club. Both players played major roles in ensuring that their countries are headed for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.
The winner of the 2016 award is Riyadh Mahrez who was part of the Leicester team that shocked the world by winning the 2015/2016 English Premier League title. The winner of the BBC African Footballer of the year will be revealed live during Focus on Africa on BBC World News and BBC World Service on Monday December 11, 2017