CAF announces African Footballer of the Year 2022 finalists
- CAF has announced the finalists of this year’s African Footballer of the Year award.
- FC Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Edouard Mendy are the finalists. The winner of the award will be announced on July 21.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named the 2022 African Footballer of the Year the finalists. The three finalists battling for the award are Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Edouard Mendy.
The winner of this year’s African Footballer of the Year will be named on July 21. The event will happen in Morocco’s capital city, Rabat.
There are high chances that the winner of this year’s African Footballer of the Year will be Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah. The two had a good 2021-22 season, with Liverpool winning the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also helped Liverpool reach the UEFA Champions League final last season. However, they finished as runner-up after losing 1-0 to Real Madrid.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also helped their respective national teams reach the Africa Cup of Nations finals early this year. Sadio Mane’s Senegal won the AFCON trophy after defeating Egypt in penalty shoot-outs.
Edouard Mendy, also a finalist for this year’s African Footballer of the Year award, was crucial for Senegal throughout their AFCON campaign.
However, Mendy does not have higher chances of winning the award than Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. This is because the Senegalese did not achieve much success at club level, unlike his two rivals.
Edouard Mendy’s Chelsea did not win a major trophy last season. However, the Blues finished as runners-up in the Carabao and FA Cup finals.
Some of the top players who have not been shortlisted as finalists by CAF are Riyad Mahrez, Naby Keita, Achraf Hakimi and Sebastian Haller.
Naby Keita achieved as much success as Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at club level. However, Keita didn’t reach the finals of the AFCON early this year. His national team, Guinea, was eliminated from the tournament in the Round of 16.
Riyad Mahrez is undoubtedly one of the best wingers in the English Premier League. The 2021-22 English Premier League winner with Manchester City did not achieve success with Algeria at the AFCON early this year. Algeria were eliminated at the group stages after finishing at the bottom of Group E.
Sebastian Haller is another star who deserved to be a finalist for the African Footballer of the Year. He achieved success while playing for Ajax last season. However, he didn’t impress at the AFCON tournament as Ivory Coast were eliminated by Egypt.
Other categories which CAF will give awards for are Goal of the Year, Interclub Player and Player of the Year, African Team of the Year, National Team of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Coach of the Year. The awards will be given to both men and women.