BBC to announce 5 finalists for African Footballer of the Year

Mohamed Salah (Twitter)
Mohamed Salah (Twitter)

Cape Town - Following the highs and lows of this year’s World Cup, football fans across the globe will be able to vote for their favourite African Footballer of the Year, as the show launches from Lagos on November 17.

Every year, the BBC celebrates Africa's finest footballers with a prestigious award. Last year, it was the incomparable Mohammed Salah who took home the trophy. His predecessors include some of Africa’s finest footballers, such as Riyadh Mahrez, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba and Jay-Jay Okocha. But, who will join this illustrious line-up and succeed Mohammed Salah?

Winning last year’s award, Salah said: "It’s always a special feeling when you win something. You feel like you did a great year, so I’m very happy. I would also like to win it next year!”

The five shortlisted players will be unveiled in a special BBC African Footballer of the Year programme from Lagos and London at 20:00 SA time on November 17.

Television viewers can watch the special programme on BBC World News television (DStv 400), whilst radio listeners can catch the events as they unfold on BBC World Service radio.

Hosts Isaac Fanin and Mimi Fawaz will be joined by special guests including former Nigerian international Peter Odemwingie, Egypt and Stoke star Sarah Essam, and a man who captained the Democratic Republic of Congo for many years, Gabriel Zakuani.

To vote and keep up-to-date with all the latest BBC African Footballer of the Year news, fans can visit the website BBC Sport/African Football  and search #BBCAFOTY on social media.

Voting will open at 21:00 SA time on November 17 and close on Sunday 2nd December at 22:00.

The winner will be revealed live during on BBC World News and BBC World Service on Friday December 14.

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