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Eto'o Fils and Benjamin Mounkandjo Named In CAF African Player Of The Year Awards

Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o Fils and Benjamin Mounkandjo have both been nominated for the 2016 CAF players of the year.

amuel Eto'o Fils born 10 March 1981 is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish club Antalyaspor. He is the most decorated African player of all time, having won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2010. He was third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.


Another contestant from,Benjamin Moukandjo is the new captain of the Indomitable Lions.He was born on 12 November 1988 and currently plays for FC Lorient in Ligue 1 as a forward.
The full list of the CAF nominees is as follows;

African Player of the Year

1. Ahmed Musa (Nigeria & Leicester City)
2. Andre Ayew (Ghana & West Ham)
3. Aymen Abdennour Tunisia & Valencia)
4. Benjamin Mounkandjo (Cameroon & Lorient)
5. Cedric Bakambu (DR Congo & Villareal)
6. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
7. El Arabi Hillel Soudani (Algeria & Dinamo Zagreb)
8. Eric Bailly (Cote d’Ivoire & Manchester United)
9. Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Ajax)
10. Islam Slimani (Algeria & Leicester City)
11. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)
12. John Mikel Obi (Nigeria & Chelsea)
13. Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal & Napoli)
14. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
15. Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria & Manchester City)
16. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)
17. Mbwana Samatta (Tanzania & Genk)
18. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco & Juventus)
19. Mohamed El Neny (Egypt & Arsenal)
20. Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Roma)
21. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon & Dortmund)
22. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Leicester City)
23. Sadio Mane (Senegal & Liverpool)
24. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon & Antalyaspor)
25. Serge Aurier (Cote d’Ivoire & PSG)
26. Victor Wanyama (Kenya & Tottenham)
27. Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia & Sunderland)
28. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)
29. Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo & Everton)
30. Yao Kouasi Gervais ‘Gervinho’ (Cote d’Ivoire & Hebei Fortune)

African Player of the Year – Based in Africa

1. Ali Gabr (Egypt & Zamalek)
2. Aymen Hefny (Egypt & Zamalek)
3. Aymen Mathlouthi (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)
4. Bassem Morsi (Egypt & Zamalek)
5. Chisom Chikatara (Nigeria & Wydad Athletic Club)
6. Dennis Onyango (Uganda & Mamelodi Sundowns)
7. Elia Meschak (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
8. Fabrice Nguessi Ondama (Congo & Wydad Athletic Club)
9. Hamza Lahmar (Tunisia & Etoile du Sahel)
10. Hlompho Kekana (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
11. Idris Mbombo (DR Congo & Zesco United)
12. Itumeleng Khune (South Africa & Kaizer Chiefs)
13. Jackson Mwanza (Zambia & Zesco United)
14. Jesse Were (Kenya & Zesco United)
15. Joel Kimwaki (DR Congo & TP Mazembe)
16. Joyce Lomalisa (DR Congo & AS Vita)
17. Keegan Dolly (South Africa & Mamelodi Sundowns)
18. Khama Billiat (Zimbabwe & Mamelodi Sundowns)
19. Mfon Udoh (Nigeria & Enyimba)
20. Morgan Betorangal (Chad & MO Bejaia)
21. Rainford Kalaba (Zambia & TP Mazembe)
22. Reda Hajhouj (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
23. Salif Coulibaly (Mali & TP Mazembe)
24. William Jebor (Liberia & Wydad Athletic Club)
25. Yannick Zakri (Cote d’Ivoire & Mamelodi Sundowns)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards is a yearly ritual instituted to honor footballers and personalities who have excelled in various departments of the game as well as making meaningful contribution to its development in the continent.

The awards which dates back to 1970 when the best African Footballer of the Year was recognized, has expanded to other categories with the inclusion of women footballers for their enormous contribution to the game.


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