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CAF Awards 2022: Riyad Mahrez shortlisted for Best African Player for 2022

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) revealed today, Monday, the final lists of nominees for the Best Continent Awards for 2022, which included Algerian international player Riyad Mahrez, the star of Manchester City.

The final list for the best player also includes last year’s title holder, Senegalese Sadio Mané, who is playing in Bayern Munich German club, and Egyptian Mohamed Salah, the striker of the Liverpool team.

It also includes Cameroonians Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais) and Vincent Aboubacar (Al-Nasr Saudi Arabia), Ivorian Sebastien Haller (Ajax), Guinean Naby Keita (Liverpool), Senegalese Edward Mendy (Chelsea) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).

As for the final list of the best coach in Africa award, it included Wydad Casablanca coach Walid Rekraki, Senegal coach Aliou Cissé, former coach of the Egyptian Portuguese national team Carlos Queiroz, former coach of the Egyptian Al-Ahly club Betso Mosimane of South Africa, and Belgium coach Tom Saintfeet of the Gambia team.

Regarding the best team, Senegal, the 2022 African champion, will compete for the award along with the teams of Egypt, Morocco, Burkina Faso and Cameroon.

The list of nominees for the award for the best player within the continent included ten players.

Meanwhile, Moroccan Wydad Casablanca and Berkane Berkane of Morocco, Al Ahly of Egypt, Petro Atletico of Angola and Orlando Pirates of South Africa will compete for the award for the best African club are.

The best ceremony for this year will be held in Morocco on July 21 on the sidelines of the Women’s African Cup of Nations “Morocco 2022”, which is currently organized and will continue until the 23rd of this month.

The winners will be decided on by the votes of the leaders and coaches of the member confederations, the CAF Technical Study Group, selected journalists and African football legends, knowing that the period that will be taken into account is from September 2021 to June 2022.

The last edition of the competition was held in Egypt in 2019, where Senegalese striker Sadio Mané was selected as the best player on the continent, before the competition interrupted for two consecutive years due to the outbreak of the “Corona virus” pandemic.

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