Nominees for BBC 2018 African Footballer of the Year

Players nominated for the BBC 2018 African Footballer of the Year have been announced.

Compiled by a panel of African footballers, the shortlist includes: Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).

Nominees for BBC 2018 African Footballer of the Year lailasnews 4
Nominees for BBC 2018 African Footballer of the Year

Egypt’s Mohamed Salah was last year’s winner. Voting for this year’s award opened at 7pm on Saturday 17 November and will close on Sunday 2 December.

Previous winners of the award have included Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha, Ghana’s Michael Essien, the Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez.

This year’s nomination however did not see any Nigerian footballer featured on the list. According to a random poll on Twitter, Nigerian footballers have not really performed excellently at their various leagues across the world in the year 2018.


  1. I believe in my country and there abilities, its going to be OK next time someone from our country will be among God willing, well this year league as said by some people want played well but I believe my our country’s footballers next year will be great for us

  2. it’s not everytime that one has to win some set backs has to occur for a better sit up . So Nigerians will do better next time. Meanwhile a hearty congratulations to these few mentioned

  3. Mohammed salah is favourite to win it again, because last year he was really in form and helped Liverpool to their champions league final

  4. Ahmed musa should have been among that list, the guy’s performance has been astoning despite playing with a weak team. I see mohammed sala winning that award again

  5. I am really happy for the nominees they have deserved it due to their performance and for Nigeria I don’t think any player in the country deserve it for now.

  6. Well deserved list..I don’t think anyone can argue no naija player was dere….wen dey v all almost ran to China and said Arabia

    In btw…..Salah for d win

  7. Congratulations to all shows you are making impacts. To the main man, a big congratulations to you.

  8. A nigerian may not be there but we have talents and may come out next time . Congratulations to the nominees .

  9. I belief in our players, the last World Cup we didn’t win but I really give them Kudos because they did there best… I know you will makes up proud.Congratulations to the player that are nominated.

  10. So no Nigerian player can make up this list…. That’s not a good one at all…congrats to the nominees

  11. That’s football for you, you win today loose tomorrow, I believe next year it will feature Nigerian and they will win the award.

  12. Congrats to the nominees, I think this award will go to salah because he really did well for club and country

  13. Of course tables must must turn, it can’t be Nigerians every time, the players really have not been performing well as said but with time they will comeback.

  14. Congratulations to the nominees for the African footballer of the year. Hope one of Nigerian players will make the list next time

  15. Congratulations in advance to the footballer that will win it this year.i wish u guys the best

  16. Nigerian players need to put more effort so that they can be nominated for 2019 African footballer of the year.

  17. I think were Nigerian player was not include is that no Nigeria that is playing matches regularly day in day out for there club in Europe.

  18. No wahala, as we Nigeria didn’t performed well this year, by next year Nigeria will do her best to be there

  19. Congratulations to the nominated candidates and I pray that the winner should be Jay Jay Okocha because he is very good.

  20. A very big congratulations to all African nominees. Nigerian footballers should not bother as they might be lucky next time.

  21. That’s a great one to African football. Nigerian footballers are trying if they try harder they might be included next year

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