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Abou-Treika among CAF top 10 players for 2013, Salah excluded
Mohamed Abou-Treika was included in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) shortlists for the 2013 African Player of the Year and the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa), while Mohamed Salah didn’t make the cut.
Mohamed Salah, 21, made the 25-man cut of the players nominated for CAF’s African Player of the Year award, but only Treika retained his spot in the final 10 as the only African-based nominee, following votes from members of the Technical & Development and the Media Committees.
Legendary Egyptian midfielder Abou-Treika, who is set to announce his retirement after this month’s Club World Cup, will compete with Ahmed Musa, Asamoah Gyan, Didier Drogba, Emmanuel Emenike, John Obi Mikel, Jonathan Pitroipa, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Vincent Enyeama and Yaya Toure for the African Player of the Year award.
Treika is also among the final five nominees for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) along with Al Ahly team-mate Ahmed Fathi; while Walid Soliman, who made the 21-man list, was excluded.
The Ahly duo will compete with Rainford Kalaba and Tresor Mputu of TP Mazembe, along with Warri Wolves and Nigeria striker Sunday Mba.
Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfield powerhouse Yaya Toure is the reigning African Player of the Year while Abou-Treika won the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) last year.
Head coaches of the national associations affiliated to CAF will vote to decide on the eventual winners of the two categories.
Other CAF awards
Saleh Gomaa was named in the final four for CAF’s Most Promising Talent – along with Ebenezer Assifuah (Ghana), Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria) and Champions League top scorer Alexis Yougouda (Cameroon) of Coton Sport. At the 2012 Glo-CAF Awards, Mohamed Salah took home the award.
Al Ahly, who are the 2012 CAF Club of the Year, have once again been nominated after winning the 2013 CAF Champions League. They will compete with CS Sfaxien and Orlando Pirates for the award in Lagos.
The CAF’s official website gave a brief profile on each of the nominees for their respective awards.
The following are the profiles of the Egyptian representatives:
Name: Mohamed Abou-Treika
Date of Birth: November 7, 1978
Club: Ahly (Egypt)
At the twilight of his career, Abou-Treika yet again proved he is nowhere near the finish line. He scored six goals for Egypt in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers including one on his centenary appearance with the Pharaohs against Guinea. With Ahly, he was the pivot as the Egyptian giants retained the CAF Champions League title scoring in both legs in the final. He scored five times in the campaign as Ahly cruised to an unprecedented eighth title despite the absence of a football competition in Egypt in two years.
Name: Ahmed Fathi
Date of Birth: November 10, 1984
Club: Al Ahly
After a short spell in England with Hull City, Fathy returned to lead Al Ahly to an unprecedented eighth Orange CAF Champions League title. He was on target during the 4-2 win over bitterest rivals, Zamalek at the group phase. The energetic 29-year old who can play in defence and midfield, provided an assist for Ahmed Abdel Zaher in the second goal of the final against Orlando Pirates. He was also a key member of the Egypt squad that reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup playoffs.
D.O.B: August 1, 1993
The talented midfielder has risen to become one of the most sought after young players in African football. Gomaa was adjudged the Most Valuable Player at the African U-20 Championship held in Algeria last March, where Egypt emerged champions. With skills and pace as his assets, he went on to play at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey as Egypt bowed at the group phase. It was his second appearance
at the global youth championship after 2011. On the books of local club, ENPPI, he continues to attract interest from other Egyptian clubs and abroad.
The Egyptian giants claimed their second successive Orange CAF Champions League title to take their tally to eight. Despite the absence of competitive football in Egypt for the past two years, Ahly surpassed all beating Orlando Pirates of South Africa in the final.
The winners will be announced at the Glo-CAF Awards Gala in Lagos, Nigeria on January 9, 2014.