There was no Ghanaian player in CAF’s preliminary list for the 2016 African Player-Based in Africa award.
CAF Champions League finalists Mamelodi Sundowns have five players Dennis Onyango, Keegan Dolly, Hlompho Kekana, Khama Billiat and Yannick Zakri- in the 25 nominees.
TP Mazembe trio of Joel Kimwaki, Salif Coulibaly, Rainford Kalaba and Elia Meschak were also included.
The list will be pruned to three ahead of the 2016 Glo-CAF Awards gala on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
Last year, Tanzania’s Mbwana Ally Samatta then of TP Mazembe won the award.
Nominees for African Player of the Year – Based in Africa are as follows: Dennis Onyango (Uganda and Mamelodi Sundowns), Itumeleng Khune (South Africa and Kaizer Chiefs), Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia and Etoile du Sahel), Joel Kimwaki (DR Congo and TP Mazembe).
Joyce Lomalisa (DR Congo and AS Vita), Salif Coulibaly (Mali and TP Mazembe), Ali Gabr (Egypt and Zamalek), Keegan Dolly (South Africa and Mamelodi Sundowns), Jackson Mwanza (Zambia and Zesco United).
Rainford Kalaba (Zambia and TP Mazembe), Elia Meschak (DR Congo and TP Mazembe), Aymen Hefny (Egypt and Zamalek) Morgan Betorangal (Chad and MO Bejaia), Hlompho Kekana (South Africa and Mamelodi Sundowns), Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia and Etoile du Sahel).
Jesse Were (Kenya and Zesco United), Idris Mbombo (DR Congo and Zesco United), Chisom Chikatara (Nigeria and Wydad Athletic Club), William Jebor (Liberia and Wydad Athletic Club) Reda Hajhouj (Morocco and Wydad Athletic Club), Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (Congo and Wydad Athletic Club), Mfon Udon (Nigeria and Enyimba), Bassem Morsi (Egypt and Zamalek), Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe and Mamelodi Sundowns), Yannick Zakri (Cote d’Ivoire and Mamelodi Sundowns).