Reigning African Footballer of the Year Didier Drogba has been shortlisted for the 2007 award.
Drogba will be up against his Chelsea team mate Michael Essien, Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor and the Spanish-based pair of Frederic Kanoute and Mahamadou Diarra for the award.
Drogba won the 2006 title ahead of Samuel Eto’o of Barcelona with Ghanaian international Essien third. Essien is in the final five contenders for a third successive year.
The winner will be announced at the annual Confederation of African Football awards ceremony, scheduled for February 1 in Lome, Togo.