The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has announced the five candidates for the 2018 African Footballer of the Year award, among them Arab duo Mohammed Salah, the Liverpool star and Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia.
The list of candidates for this year's award included Calido Coulibaly (Senegal), Sadio Mani (Senegal), Thomas Barty (Ghana), Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) and Mohamed Salah (Egypt).
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The vote was opened on Saturday, November 17 at 19:00 GMT, and closed on Sunday (December 2) at 8:00 p.m., and the result will be revealed on Friday, December 14, at 5:30 p.m.
Liverpool star Salah won the award last year, joining the list of former winners including Jay Jay Okocha of Nigeria, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and Riad Mehrez.
Defender Benatia, 31, won the championship for the fourth consecutive time, winning two titles with Bayern Munich and two with Juventus, and taking Morocco to the World Cup this summer.
Napoli Coulibaly, 27, played his part in the Juventus Serie A title fight, including a win over the champions. He also played for Senegal in the World Cup.
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Mani, the 26-year-old Liverpool striker, also played in all World Cup matches with Senegal and scored a goal against Japan. He was the second-best scorer in the Champions League last season scoring 10 goals for Liverpool .
Thomas Barty, 25, entered the list after winning a key position at Atletico Madrid under the command of Diego Simeone and one of the best players in Ghana at the time.
Salah, 26, won the Premier League Golden Shoe with 32 goals last season, scored 10 goals in the Champions League and led the country to the World Cup and scored twice during the tournament.