Nigeria stars Kelechi Iheanacho, Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa are among 30 players nominated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for the African Footballer of the Year 2016.
This happens to be Iheanacho’s first-ever nomination for the continent’s top individual accolade after he enjoyed a breakthrough season with Manchester City in the English Premier League.
The 20-year-old striker has also established himself at full international level after he has represented Nigeria at U17 and U20 levels.
Also Mikel who missed the award in 2013, was instrumental to Nigeria’s success at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil where he led the Olympics Eagles to win bronze medal at the football event while Musa helped his former team CSKA Moscow to win the Russian title before moving to England in July to join reigning English champions, Leicester City.
Surprisingly, there is no nomination for four-time winner Yaya Toure of Cote d’Ivoire and Manchester City.