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Saj Chowdhury

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  1. Farewell all and happy voting!

    So that is that.

    Here is a link to the vote page which contains profiles of all five AFOTY 2018 nominees.

    Good luck to all of them.

    Thanks for reading.

    Stayed at BBC Football for Albania v Scotland and Italy v Portugal.

  2. Your AFOTY 2018 five nominees

    So there you have it - your five nominees for the 2018 BBC African Footballer of the Year award.

    • Medhi Benatia
    • Kalidou Koulibaly
    • Sadio Mane
    • Thomas Partey
    • Mohamed Salah

    The vote has opened now (you can see it on this page at the moment) and closes on Sunday, 2 December at 20:00 GMT.

    The result will be revealed in a programme on BBC World News on Friday, 14 December at 17:30 GMT.

    Medhi Benatia (Morocco), Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mane (Senegal), Thomas Partey (Ghana) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt)
  3. 'Partey should win it'

    BBC World News

    Former Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie: "If we are to change the way we look at things he should win it. He is an exceptional midfielder. He can play long and short passes and he scores goals. He watched Michael Essien when he was young and Yaya Toure.

    Egypt and Stoke player Sarah Essam: "This will give him more motivation to achieve more and more. For African players it is 10 times more challenging to play for a European team."

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    Ayodele Okunfolami: Disappointed no Nigerian made the shortlist.

  5. AFOTY 2018 nominee: Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)

    Thomas Partey

    Ain't no party like...

    Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey, 25, established himself as a first-team regular for Diego Simeone's side, including a late appearance as a substitute in the Europa League final win over Marseille.

    He scored in international friendlies for Ghana against Japan and Iceland.

    Was it smart-y to include Partey? #BBCAFOTY

  6. One more nominee left...

    Who will it be?



    Remember you will be able to vote for your AFOTY 2018 winner soon after all five nominees have been announced.

  7. 'Mane's best chance this year'

    BBC World News

    Former DR Congo captain Gabriel Zakuani: "This is his best chance. Last year Salah was phenomenal, but this year Mane is in the running. he has been brilliant for his club and country."

  8. AFOTY 2018 nominee: Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)

    Sadio Mane

    Mane is on target again!

    Liverpool forward Mane, 26, played all of Senegal's World Cup games, captaining his country in two and scoring against Japan.

    He was the joint-second top scorer in last season's Champions League - with 10 goals for Liverpool, including one in the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the final.

    Does Mane deserve his place in the shortlist? #BBCAFOTY

  9. Next on the AFOTY 2018 nominees list is...

  10. Koulibaly to Man Utd?

    Regarding Koulibaly, he's been linked with a move to Manchester United.

    Look guys, that's all well and good, but he wants to have a chance of being nominated for AFOTY again.


  11. 'Koulibaly one of the best defenders in the world'

    BBC World News

    Former Nigeria forward Peter Odemwingie: "The only game I watched at the World Cup live was Poland Senegal. He is strong and that is why he could deal with Robert Lewandowski. Big strikers will not want to face someone like him."

    Former DR Congo captain Gabriel Zakuani: "I would agree 100% [that he is one of the best defenders in the World]. He has the size and he can run and is good on the ball. he has a bit of everything and scores important goals."

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    A.A Darma: Ahmed Musa should be a #BBCAFOTY nominee

    Ken Ezeobi: It should be Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi for two other nominations

    We shall reveal all soon Ken...

  13. AFOTY 2018 nominee: Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)

    Kalidou Koulibaly

    Kali is in the five!

    Napoli defender Koulibaly, 27, played his part in his club's battle with Juventus for the Serie A title, including the winner against the eventual champions in the run-in.

    He played all 270 minutes for Senegal in the World Cup.

    Post your thoughts on his pick by using #BBCAFOTY

  14. Next AFOTY 2018 nominee is...

  15. Two down, three to go

    So Juve's Medhi Benatia and some fella called Mohamed Salah are among the nominees so far for the 2018 award.

    Do they deserve their spots on the shortlist for BBC African Footballer of the Year?

    Who will be among the other three nominees?

    Use #BBCAFOTY to have you say.

  16. 'Salah is a symbol of motivation'

    BBC World News

    Egypt and Stoke player Sarah Essam: "Salah for us is a symbol of motivation, not just for footballers, but humans. In the elections for president of Egypt people voted for Salah as he was put on the ballot. People love him so much."

    Former Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie: "There is a lot to be done to get to that level [best ever African footballer]. When we are talking about people like George Weah, etc there are a lot of people to compare with. But he is on the right track."

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    ElSebiey: First nominee announced is Benatia.. well earned nomination.. solid defending throughout the whole season and surely one of the most valuable players of Juventus last season

  18. AFOTY 2018 nominee: Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)

    Mohamed Salah

    He's done it again - he's in the five!

    Liverpool forward Salah, 26, won the Premier League Golden Boot with 32 goals in May and scored 10 Champions League strikes in their run to the final.

    He scored both of Egypt's World Cup goals - 40% of their all-time total at the tournament.

    Can Salah win the title for a second successive year? #BBCAFOTY

  19. 'His motivation is inspiring the next generation'

    BBC World News

    DR Congo captain Gabriel Zakuani on BBC World News: "He does impress me. I saw it first-hand at the African Cup of Nations. He has won titles and has a very good chance of winning this award."

    Egypt and Stoke player Sarah Essam: "To be able to win a title with a big club like Juventus and being the age of 31, it is very good for him. It gives motivation and hope for the next generation in Morocco."

    Former Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie: "His biggest motivation is inspiring the next generation. That will lead him to stay longer in the game. If he stays in Italy he will play longer and his personality will be a big key to his national team."