The three-man shortlist has Egyptian Mohammed Salah, Gabonese Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Senegal’s Sadio Mane.
The 25-year-old, Salah, who is the first Egyptian in EPL history to win the Player of the Month award, is close to securing the African Player of the Year title this season after his superb performance with the Egypt national team and English Premier League side Liverpool.
Sadio Mane has been very instrumental figure in Senegalese team .At club level, Mane has netted 18 goals for Liverpool this year.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has scored 45 goals this year and is now the African with the most goals scored in the Bundesliga.
The final phase to come up with the shortlist has involved Head Coaches or Technical Directors of the National Associations taking part in the voting exercise and ten members from the Independent Media and TV Consultants group. For the first time, captains of the senior men’s national teams of the affiliated National Associations also take part in decision making process.
Other final short lists
Meanwhile, the short list for the African Player of the Year Based in Africa remains unreleased.
In other categories, Ghana and Nigeria U-20 sides are in contention for the best Women’s National Football Team alongside South Africa.
CAF Champions League winners Wydad Casablanca, CAF Confederation Cup champions TP Mazembe as well as Al Ahly are on the final shortlist for Club of the Year.
The National Football Team of the Year (Men) has Cameroon, Egypt and Nigeria while Coach of the Year has Gernot Rohr of the Super Eagles, Hector Cuper of Egypt and Wydad’s L’Hussein Amoutta.
Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala, South Africa’s Christena Kgatlana and Cameroon’s Gabriella Onguene vie for the Women Footballer of the Year.
The Awards will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.