Onyango, Serunkuma for Caf player of the year award

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Geofrey Serunkuma

Uganda Cranes stars skipper Denis Onyango and striker Geofrey Serunkuma have been nominated for the CAF Player of the year Award. The nomination is for players who ply their trade on the African Continent.

The Ugandan duo appears on the 30 man short list released by CAF on Wednesday afternoon.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ Onyango  won the 2016 award while Serunkuma who featured for Ugandan Champions KCCA FC during continental club football but now is in Zambia with Buildcon FC is making the list for the first time.

Onyango is also a nominee for the African Player of the Year award that brings together the foreign based and those who play on the African Continent. The list also has 30 names.

Uganda Cranes was named CAF Team of the year 2016 following its great show in the qualification campaign for the TOTAL 2017 AFCON Finals in Gabon.

The player of the year based in Africa will be voted on by National team coaches, CAF Technical and Development Committee plus selected media.

Ghana will host the Awards Gala in Accra on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Nominees for African Player of the Year – Based in Africa:

  1. Achraf Bencharki (Morocco & Wydad Casablanca)
  2. Ahmed Fathi (Egypt & Al Ahly)
  3. Alkhaly Bangoura (Guinea & Etoile du Sahel)
  4. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
  5. Aristide Bance (Burkina Faso & Al Masry)
  6. Ayman Majid (Morocco & FUS Rabat)
  7. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)
  8. Ben Malango (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
  9. Dean Furman (South Africa & Supersport United)
  10. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  11. Elsamani Saadeldin (Sudan & El Merreikh)
  12. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)
  13. Fawzi Chaouchi (Algeria & Alger)
  14. Geofrey Serunkuma (Uganda & KCCA)
  15. Jeremy Brockie (New Zealand & Supersport)
  16. Junior Ajayi (Nigeria & Al Ahly)
  17. Karim Aouadhi (Tunisia & CS Sfaxien)
  18. Mohamed Meftah (Algeria & USM Alger)
  19. Mohamed Ounnajem (Morocco & Wydad Casablanca)
  20. Muaid Ellafi (Libya & Ahly Tripoli)
  21. Nasr Eldin Ahmed (Sudan & Hilal Obeid)
  22. Oussama Darfalou (Algeria & USM Alger)
  23. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  24. Sabelo Ndzinisa (Swaziland & Mbabane Swallows)
  25. Saber Khalifa (Tunisia & Club Africain)
  26. Saladin Said (Ethiopia & St George)
  27. Sylvain Gbohouo (Ivory Coast & TP Mazembe)
  28. Tady Etekiama (DR Congo & AS Vita)
  29. Taha Yassine Khenissi (Tunisia & Esperance)
  30. Tarek Hamed (Egypt & Zamalek)

African Player of the Year Nominees: (Both in Africa and Abroad)

  1. Ali Maaloul (Tunisia & Al Ahly)
  2. Bertrand Traore (Burkina Faso & Lyon)
  3. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)
  4. Christian Atsu (Ghana & Newcastle)
  5. Christian Bassogog (Cameroon & Henan Jianye)
  6. Denis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  7. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)
  8. Essam El Hadary (Egypt & Al Taawoun)
  9. Fabrice Ondoa (Cameroon & Sevilla)
  10. Fackson Kapumbu (Zambia & Zesco)
  11. Jean Michel Seri (Cote d’Ivoire & Nice)
  12. Junior Kabananga (DR Congo & Astana)
  13. Karim El Ahmadi (Morocco & Feyenoord)
  14. Keita Balde (Senegal & Monaco)
  15. Khalid Boutaib (Morocco & Yeni Malatyaspor)
  16. Mbwana Samata (Tanzania & Genk)
  17. Michael Olunga (Kenya & Girona)
  18. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
  19. Moussa Marega (Mali & Porto)
  20. Naby Keita (Guinea & RB Leipzig)
  21. Percy Tau (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
  22. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Borussia Dortmund)
  23. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
  24. Thomas Partey (Ghana & Atletico Madrid)
  25. Victor Moses (Nigeria & Chelsea)
  26. Vincent Aboubakar (Cameroon & Porto)
  27. William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria & Bursaspor)
  28. Yacine Brahimi (Algeria & Porto)
  29. Youssef Msakni (Tunisia & Al Duhail)
  30. Yves Bissouma (Mali & Lille)