Partey, Jordan out of Africa best player shortlist

Author: Peter Sarbah
Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew (left)
Thomas Partey and Jordan Ayew (left)

Black Stars duo of Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey have been axed out of the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) shortlist after it was whittle down to 10 men.

The two did not get sufficient votes to enable them go through the next phase of voting having initially made it to the list of 30 shortlisted players that was first released.

Voting was done by the CAF Technical & Development Committee as well as a panel of media experts whose votes were based on the nominees’ performance during the year under review, 2019.

Despite playing a key role in Athletico Madrid’s set up during the year under review, Partey and his international teammate, Ayew would have to wait for another season to try their luck.

Cameroun shot stopper, Andre Onana, remains a serious contender for the accolade as he made it among the 10 shortlisted players.

The three finalists during last year’s award, Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are still in contention for the award.

According to the organisers, the final phase of voting for both the men’s and women’s African Player of the Year, as well as the male and female Coach of the Year,  will be selected by head coaches/technical directors and captains of senior national teams from CAF member associations.

However, the Inter clubs Player of the Year award would be decided by the head coaches and captains of the group phase of the current season of CAF Inter clubs competitions.

Player of the Year

  1. André Onana (Cameroon & Ajax)
  2. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
  3. Ismail Bennacer (Algeria & AC Milan)
  4. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
  5. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
  6. Odion Ighalo (Nigeria & Shanghai Shenhua)
  7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Arsenal)
  8. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Manchester City)
  9. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
  10. Youcef Belaili (Algeria & Ahli Jeddah)