The African Confederation has named 10 players for its shortlist for this year’s African Footballer of the Year award.
Inter forward Samuel Eto’o is the favourite to win the award for the fourth time in his career, following an outstanding campaign for the Nerazzurri.
Eto’o is likely to be pushed all the way by holder of the award, Didier Drogba, as the Ivorian enjoyed another productive season for Chelsea last term.
A number of big names have been left out of the shortlist, including Manchester City duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Yaya Toure, while Michael Essien and Gervinho are also conspicuous by their absence.
Shortlist for African Footballer of the Year:
Ahmed Hassan (Egypt and Al-Ahly)
Andre Ayew (Ghana and Marseille)
Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana and AC Milan)
Madjid Bougherra (Algeria and Rangers)
Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast and Chelsea)
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon and Inter Milan)
Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagy (Egypt and Al-Ahly)
Asamoah Gyan (Ghana and Sunderland)
Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast and Chelsea)
Seydou Keita (Mali and Barcelona)