CAF Awards 2022: Salah, Mane and Mahrez Nominated For Player of the Year

The football governing body released the men’s nominees, while those for the women’s categories will be announced later.

Premier League stars Riyad Mahrez and Mohamed Salah, as well as Bayern Munich’s Sadio Mane have been nominated to contest for the 2022 Caf Player of the Year award. 

Liverpool’s Salah would be hoping to win the diadem for the third time, albeit, he must negotiate his way past Manchester City’s Mahrez and Mane, who recently left Liverpool for Bayern Munich after the completion of the 2021-22 season.

Pitso Mosimane - who led Al Ahly to a third straight Caf Champions League final before walking away, Aliou Cisse - the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations winning coach with Senegal, and Mandla Ncikazi - who led Orlando Pirates to the Caf Confederation Cup final will square off for the Coach of the Year (Men) award.

Other awards that will be contested for include Interclub Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, and Club of the Year, while the nominees for the women’s categories will be announced in due course according to Caf.

The ceremony will be held ahead of the final of the Women’s Cup of Nations (Wafcon) – a competition scheduled to take place between July 2 and July 23 - in Morocco. The period under consideration is from September 2021 to June 2022 at all levels.