TheConfederation of African Football CAF, has released a list of 30 footballers nominated for the 2016 African Player of The Year award, with Africa’s most decorated footballer of all-time, Cameroon’sSamuel Eto’o Filsfeatured on the list. Eto'o who currently plays for Turkish club,Antalyaspor,has won the award four times-in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. This time around, he competes among others with his fellow Cameroonian footballer, Benjamin Mounkandjo who plays for European club, Lorient.

Also featured on the list of nominees is Ghanaian footballer Andre Ayew who currently plays for English club, West Ham.

He has been nominated for an award his father, Abedi Pele Ayew won three times in his career. He moved to West Ham from Swansea last year for a£20.5 million three-year contract. He is the only Ghanaian to be nominated for this year’s award.

Nigeria’s Mikel Obi has also been nominated for the award. John Mikel Obi currently plays for Chelsea FC. He emerged 2nd for the African Player of The Year Award in 2013 when Ivory Coast’s Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba won first and third place respectively. Two other Nigerians are also on this year’s list- Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) and Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City).

Three players represent Ivory Coast

Three Ivory Coast players, Eric Bailly (Manchester United; Serge Aurier (PSG) and Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Hebei Fortune) have also been nominated for the award.

Also on the list of 30 nominees published today are Tunisia's Aymen Abdennour who also plays for the Italian club, Valencia, Cedric Bakambu of DR Congo who currently plays forVillareal. Dennis Onyango of Uganda, Khama Billiat of Zimbabwe, etc.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, who emerged as the best player in the last African Cup of Nations, also made the list of nominees for the 2016 Africa Player of The Year Award.

So too did Algeria'sRiyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Kenya's Victor Wanyama (Tottenham), Mehdi Benatia of Morocco (Juventus), and several others.

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