Now, with six days until the CAF Awards, we finally have the top three who will be slugging it out for the prestigious award – and as you might have guessed, they are Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Salah won the award last year, following his impressive outing for Egypt and Liverpool. Although a shoulder injury stopped him from taking his country far at the 2018 World Cup, he broke a number of records in Europe, and he led Liverpool to the Champions League final.
Aside from Salah, Liverpool fans are also grateful to Mané, who became the first Senegalese player to score in the final of the Champions League. He's also the backbone of Senegal's national, which explains why he has made the top three for this award for the third time in a row.
Aubameyang is currently threatening Salah’s chances of winning the Premier League Golden Boot, and that is because he’s been nothing short of phenomenal for Arsenal. Since joining the club, he's scored 10 Premier League goals, and this season he boasts an amazing 13.
Although Alex Iwobi, unfortunately, didn’t make the top three, Nigeria is still very much being repped by Francisca Ordega and Asisat Oshoala, who made the Women's African Player of the Year top three. So, we'll be rooting for one of them to take the award home.