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Egypt duo Morsi, Salah nominated for African Player of the Year
AS Roma winger Salah and Zamalek striker Morsi have been named in CAF’s 37-player list for the African Player of the Year award, the governing body for African football announced on Sunday.
The shortlist includes last year’s three finalists: Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, who won the award the last four consecutive years, Lille and Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Six Algerians (Baghdad Bounedjah, El Arbi Hillel Soudani, Faouzi Ghoulam, Riyad Mahrez, Sofiane Feghouli and Yacine Brahimi), two Tunisians (Aymen Abdennour and Yasine Chikhaoui) and one each from Morocco (Mehdi Benatia) and Sudan (Modather Al Tayeb “Karika”) are among the nominees.
Mohamed Salah excelled in 2015 since leaving Chelsea on loan last February. The 23-year-old winger scored nine goals and assisted four in 26 appearances while on loan at Fiorentina, and has already scored three goals in nine games for Roma this season. His form earned him a permanent move to the Giallorossi for a reported €20 million.
After making the switch from El-Entag El-Harby to Zamalek in the summer of 2014, Bassem Morsi has gone on to become one of the most dominate strikers in Egyptian football. The 24-year-old helped propel Zamalek to a domestic double for the first time in 27 years, scoring 18 goals in the league and a handful in the cup – including a brace against fierce rivals Al Ahly in the final.
Morsi is also nominated for the African Player of the Year (Based in Africa) award along with Zamalek teammates Hazem Emam and Mohamed Koffi (Burkina Faso), and Ahly’s new-signing, Gabonese striker Malick Evouna.