Algeria and English premier league defending champions Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez has been nominated for the BBC African Footballer of the Year having helped his club side to winning the 2015/16 premier league title.
According to the England based website Mahrez, will battle for the ward together with four players including, the two-time winner Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast, West Ham United’s Andre Ayew from Ghana, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane of Senegal and Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of 2017 AFCON hosts Gabon.
2015/16 season looked fruitful for the 25 years old ball player (Mahrez) has scored 17 goals last season for Leicester city as well as helping Algeria qualify for the 2017 African Cup Of Nation to be held in Gabon. Mahrez has been in fine form again this season, scoring three goals in the UEFA Champions League to send his side top of Group G with just two matches to play.
BBC adds that, the winner will be decided by fans from across the world, who have until on 28 November to vote for their choice.
All to know about the other four Nominees
Sadio Mane: Mane, 24, became the most expensive African footballer in history when he joined Liverpool for £34m this summer.
He has made an immediate impact at Anfield, with six goals and four assists in 11 matches for the Reds. Before his move, he had scored eight league goals this year for Southampton, including a hat-trick against then champions Manchester City.
Aubameyang: Aubameyang, 27, has had an outstanding 2016, scoring 26 goals for Dortmund. He became the first African to be named Bundesliga player of the year, the first Gabonese to become the Confederation of African Football’s Player of the Year, and has earned a place on the shortlist for the 2016 Ballon d’Or.
Andre Ayew: In August, West Ham broke their transfer record to sign Ayew, the £20.5m they paid Swansea a clear marker of his form in 2016.
The 26-year-old’s impressive performances, and his 12 goals in 35 appearances, earned him the title newcomer of the year at the Swans’ end-of-season awards in May.
Yaya Toure: He collected yet another trophy in 2016 – the 17th of his career – when he lifted the English League Cup with Manchester City, scoring the winning penalty as they beat Liverpool in a shootout in the final.
This was the year the 33-year-old powerhouse called time on an illustrious international career. But he declared he was still a force – and his inclusion on the list for another year backs that up.