There are strong indications emerging that four Nigerians will be among the nominees for the 2016 African Footballer of the year awards – which is organised by the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).
Vanguard Newspaper quoted ‘sources as giving the names of the Nigerians as: Alex Iwobi; Mikel Obi; Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa.’
Ahmed Musa who made a record transfer to Premier League champions Leicester City is set to be in the list, alongside Chelsea’s Mikel Obi who captained Nigeria to a bronze medal finish at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Also on the list is Alex Iwobi of Arsenal FC alongside Kelechi Iheanacho who has been in a sensational form for both Manchester City and Nigeria.
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Borrusia Dortmund and Gabon is currently the reigning African Player of the year, but he will have to fend off challenge from the Nigerians to retain his award.
The list of nominees for the award is expected to be out in two weeks time.